Shocking footage emerges of NBA legend Shawn Kemp appearing to shoot at a car in Tacoma parking lot… ‘after he tracked his stolen iPhone to the location and confronted suspect’
Remarkable footage has surfaced of the moment six-time NBA All-Star Shawn Kemp appears to fire a gun at a car in a Tacoma parking lot on Wednesday.
The Seattle SuperSonics legend, 53, was booked by cops at 5:58pm Pacific Time (8:58pm EST) on Wednesday, just hours after he was involved in an alleged drive-by shooting involving two cars in the parking lot of a shopping mall.
Fox 13 reported in the early hours of Thursday morning that Kemp ‘had property stolen from his car on Tuesday and tracked his iPhone to Tacoma on Wednesday.’
It is alleged that the basketball legend confronted the suspect, who then shot at Kemp, and Kemp fired back in self-defense.
A police report on Wednesday revealed that shots were fired in a parking lot near the 4500 block of South Steele Street, close to the Courtesy Tire store.
Shawn Kemp, above in 2021, was detained in connection with a drive-by shooting Wednesday
The Pierce County Corrections website shows Kemp’s booking at 17:58 on Wednesday
Kemp is a legendary six-time NBA All-Star and played for Seattle Supersonics for eight years
Police said nobody was hurt in the shooting, but that Kemp – initially identified as a 53-year-old man and later named in the report – was held at the scene.
Drive-by shooting is a Class B felony under Washington state law, and carries up to a 10-year prison sentence and maximum $20,000 fine.
The incident occurred shortly before 2pm, and a gun was recovered in the parking lot. As of Wednesday night, Kemp was still being held in the county jail.
Kemp was previously arrested in 2005 in Shoreline for investigation of drug possession, where he and another man were found with a small amount of cocaine, 60 grams of marijuana and a semiautomatic pistol.
A year later, he was arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession in Texas.
In his post-playing career, he has been involved in a series of business ventures, notably opening a cannabis dispensary in 2020.
He also owned a sports bar in Lower Queen Anne, Seattle, named Oskar’s Kitchen, but the establishment was shuttered in 2015. It is reported that he still holds part-ownership of a different restaurant in the city.
Kemp was drafted in the first round of the 1989 NBA Draft by the Seattle SuperSonics, which became the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2008.
He played for the team for nine years, and was an NBA All-Star for the last five of them.
A Google Street View image shows the parking lot where the alleged drive-by occurred
Kemp (left, pictured with his son Jamon in 2014) remains in custody at the Pierce County jail
Kemp, wearing 40, looks on during a 1996 NBA game at Arco Arena in Sacramento, California
In 1997, he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he played for three seasons and earned himself a sixth All-Star accolade.
At the end of his career, he played for the Portland Trail Blazers and Orlando Magic, where he retired in 2003.
Since his playing days, he has been actively involved in attempts to bring an NBA franchise back to Seattle, after it lost its SuperSonics in 2008.
In 2022, Kemp told the Athletic he wouldn’t stop until the city ‘got the actual Sonics back’.