Former NBA star Shawn Kemp, who played for six All-Star games and was selected three times for the All-NBA First Team, has been charged in connection with a drive-by shooting outside a mall in Washington State.
Who is Shawn Kemp? Former NBA Champ Shawn Kemp Jailed for Drive-By Shooting Outside Washington D.C
Kemp’s professional basketball career spanned from 1989 to 2003. He was a first-round pick of the Seattle SuperSonics and played for the team until the 1996-97 season.
Seattle played the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls in the 1996 NBA Finals, where they lost in six games. Kemp later played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers, and Orlando Magic.
According to FOX 13, the Tacoma police received a call about shots being fired from a passing vehicle in the parking lot of the Tacoma Mall.
The incident occurred on Wednesday, and nobody was injured in the shooting. Kemp, aged 53, was booked into Pierce County Jail and charged with drive-by shooting.
Reports suggest that Kemp had property stolen from his car on Tuesday and tracked his iPhone to the Tacoma Mall.
As he approached the vehicle, a suspect reportedly shot at him, and he fired back in self-defense. The source also claimed that video footage of the incident was shared on social media.
He ended his career with an average of 14.6 points per game, along with 8.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists.
After retiring from basketball, Kemp turned to business ownership. He opened two marijuana dispensaries in the Seattle area after the state legalized the sale of recreational weed.