CNN reports that the former NBA power forward Shawn Kemp was booked following his entanglement in what the Tacoma Police Department described as a “drive-by shooting” incident. In a tweet, law enforcement noted that an “altercation” occurred between the occupants of two separate vehicles, resulting in “shots being fired at a parking lot.”
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While no injuries were reported, police confirmed that a weapon was recovered in the area, and a “53-year-old male was booked,” later identified as Kemp. Sources close to the former athlete told FOX 13 News that Kemp fired shots in self-defense after having property stolen from his car earlier in the week. Kemp allegedly tracked his iPhone to nearby Tacoma, Washington, and was fired at while approaching the vehicle.
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Since his first bout of arrests, Kemp had already made valiant attempts to turn his life around, and he owes it all to fatherhood. In a 2022 interview with The Washington Post about his cannabis business, Kemp stated that having kids “made [him] grow up.” He added: “It always amazes me how some people can look at something as being so bad when it could change a person’s life around and make life so much better for them. If it wasn’t for my kids, man, I’d have probably been reckless as hell. I would’ve really been one reckless-ass dude.”