Former NBA star Shawn Kemp, who played for the Seattle SuperSonics for eight seasons, was arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting near Tacoma Mall in Washington. Kemp, who retired in 2003 after spending his final season with the Orlando Magic, was booked into Pierce County Jail an hour after the shooting occurred on Wednesday evening.
According to police, the shooting occurred after a dispute between the occupants of two vehicles in a parking lot near Tacoma Mall. However, no injuries were reported, and a gun was recovered at the scene. Police have not yet released any further details on the incident.
Who is Shawn Kemp?
Shawn Kemp, a six-time NBA All-Star, was the 17th overall pick in the 1989 NBA Draft. He spent most of his career with the Seattle SuperSonics, averaging 14.6 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. Kemp was known for his powerful dunks and his ability to dominate in the paint. After his playing career, Kemp owned a sports bar in Seattle and made appearances as a sports analyst.
At 1:58 pm, an altercation between the occupants of 2 cars led to shots being fired at a parking lot in the 4500 blk of S. Steele St. One car fled. No injuries were reported. A gun was recovered. A 53-yr-old male was booked for Drive-By Shooting. The investigation is ongoing. pic.twitter.com/XTIeU1I4Jj
— Tacoma Police Department (@TacomaPD) March 9, 2023
As of now, it is unclear what charges Kemp is facing in connection with the drive-by shooting. No bond has been listed on Pierce County Jail’s site, and Kemp has not made any public statements regarding the incident. It is also unclear whether Kemp was the alleged shooter or was involved in some other capacity.
What is the reaction to Kemp’s arrest?
Fans of the former NBA star expressed shock and disbelief at his arrest. Kemp, who is widely regarded as one of the best power forwards of his era, was a beloved figure in the Seattle basketball community. Many took to social media to express their support for Kemp and their hope that the incident was a misunderstanding.
Shawn Kemp’s arrest in connection with a drive-by shooting near Tacoma Mall has shocked the basketball world. As a six-time NBA All-Star and one of the most dominant power forwards of his era, Kemp was a beloved figure in the Seattle basketball community. However, the details surrounding the incident are still unclear, and it is important to wait for more information before jumping to conclusions.