Kemp, who spent his prime NBA career posterizing rival players during the height of 1990s Seattle basketball, was arrested and taken to the Pierce County prison shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday, in connection with a drive-by shooting outside the Tacoma Mall.
Just before 2:00 p.m., shots were fired, and an altercation occurred in a parking lot. No injuries were recorded regarding the incident. Meanwhile, a pistol was found in that place. Despite the fact that one vehicle reportedly fled the scene, the police are still investigating the incident.
They claimed the suspect, who they only named as 53-year-old Shawn Travis Kemp, had been arrested on suspicion of felony drive-by shooting charges on Wednesday.
In the wake of a thorough investigation by Tacoma police, no fault was found that goes against Kemp to prove him guilty, and he had been released without being charged on Thursday.
Police found a suspected shooter, who was still on mall property, captured him without a hitch, according to the news release, which didn’t identify Kemp, and they also found a gun, according to CNN.
Who is Shawn Kemp?
Kemp, a six-time NBA All-Star, made his NBA debut in 1989 and played 14 seasons between 1989 and 2003. Kemp was one of the few players selected at the time who hadn’t played in college and who led Seattle to the NBA Finals in 1996, where the Sonics lost to the Chicago Bulls.
He participated in the NBA for 14 seasons. This center started out with the Seattle SuperSonics, with whom he faced Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Finals in 1996.
The big forward also spent time with the Portland Trail Blazers and Cleveland Cavaliers, but his final NBA team was Orlando, where he participated in his 1000th game. From 1993 to 1998, Kemp was selected for the NBA All-Star squad six times in a row.
Recently, Kemp has been moving towards pursuing a second career as a cannabis businessman in Washington State. In that state, marijuana is used for recreational purposes, becoming legal in 2012. Meanwhile, in the last month, Kemp also celebrated opening a second marijuana dispensary in Seattle that bears his name.