Video Cameras Capture The Seattle Sonics' Shawn Kemp Shooting Incident

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Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton of the Seattle SuperSonics announce new members of the Seattle Kraken during the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft at Gas Works Park on July 21, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. The Seattle Kraken is the National Hockey League's newest franchise and will begin play in October 2021. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)Photo: Getty Images

Arraignment is set for early next month for former Seattle SuperSonics star Shawn Kemp, who's being charged in a March shooting at the Tacoma Mall. Kemp was charged Friday with one count of first-degree assault after firing shots in the mall's parking lot on March 8th. Police arrested him, but was later released pending further investigation. Shortly after the incident, Kemp's attorney announced that the basketball player's car was broken into and Kemp tracked his stolen iPhone to a car in the Tacoma Mall parking lot. According to court documents, Kemp approached an

However, Video-surveillance footage from a March shooting in the Tacoma Mall parking lot contradicts ex-Sonics star Shawn Kemp’s assertion he returned fire in self-defense as he tried to recover items stolen in an earlier car prowl, according to Pierce County prosecutors.

Kemp, 53, was charged Friday with first-degree assault, accused of shooting three rounds from a .357 revolver into a parked SUV after tracking a stolen cellphone to the vehicle, charging papers say. Prosecutors also charged a firearm enhancement which, if proven, would add a mandatory five years to any potential prison sentence.

Kemp is set to be arraigned on May 4th.

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