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Ex-NBA star Shawn Kemp is arrested after a drive-by shooting; officials say there will be no charges immediately

The onetime Seattle SuperSonics great was taken into custody after a shopping mall shooting, officials said.
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Former NBA star Shawn Kemp was arrested after a drive-by shooting near Seattle, and authorities said Thursday he would be released with no immediate charges.

Kemp was booked into a Pierce County jail just before 6 p.m. Wednesday on a felony drive-by shooting charge, county records showed.

By Thursday afternoon, Pierce County jail records showed Kemp, a six-time NBA All-Star, was set to be released by 9 p.m. Thursday.

Kemp will not be criminally charged Thursday pending "further investigation" by Tacoma police, said Adam Faber, a spokesman for the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Officers responded to reports of shots fired at Tacoma Mall in an altercation between the occupants of two vehicles just before 2 p.m. local time, police said.

One of the drivers fired several rounds at the occupants of the other vehicle before the "victim vehicle" fled, police said.

They said the suspect, whom they identified only as a 53-year-old, was taken into custody without incident and booked into a local jail. A firearm was recovered from the scene, they said.

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Shawn Kemp in 1995 during his time with the Seattle SuperSonics.Rocky Widner / NBAE via Getty Images file

A Tacoma police spokesperson declined to provide more information.

In videos appearing to capture parts of the altercation, a man in a red jacket appears to argue with another person. As the other person begins to pull away in a vehicle, the person in the red jacket begins to point at them as sirens sound.

In another video, the person in red appears to raise an arm before what sounds like a gunshot rings out.

Kemp is a former star player for the Seattle SuperSonics, now the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was drafted with the No. 17 overall pick in the 1989 NBA Draft and played 14 seasons in the league.

Kemp also played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Portland Trail Blazers and the Orlando Magic.

Former SuperSonics forward Shawn Kemp sits courtside at a Seattle Storm WNBA game in Seattle on May 18.
Former SuperSonics forward Shawn Kemp sits courtside at a Seattle Storm WNBA game in Seattle on May 18.Ted S. Warren / AP file

Kemp, who operates at least one cannabis shop in Seattle, was arrested twice in the early 2000s on drug charges, including marijuana possession, according to The Associated Press.

He did not immediately respond to a request for comment.