Former Sonics player Shawn Kemp was booked into the Pierce County Jail Wednesday on investigation of a drive-by shooting.

Shawn Kemp : Drive by | Pierce County Jail | Age

The Seattle SuperSonics drafted Kemp in the first round of the 1989 NBA draft. Although extremely athletic, Kemp was the youngest player in the NBA at that time and struggled to find his place.

Shawn Kemp : Drive by | Pierce County Jail | Age

In his first season in Seattle, Kemp was mentored heavily by teammate Xavier McDaniel.

As the season progressed, so did Kemp’s skills, which propelled him into stardom. Kemp began to find his place in the NBA as a star during his second season with the SuperSonics.

Together with Gary Payton, Eddie Johnson, Ricky Pierce and Nate McMillan, they became a highly successful squad.

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Shawn Kemp, a perennial NBA all-star during his years with the Seattle SuperSonics, has been arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting.

Shawn Kemp : Drive by | Pierce County Jail | Age

Kemp was booked into the Pierce County Jail in Washington Wednesday an hour after the shooting.

Police said a confrontation between the occupants of two cars in a parking lot near the Tacoma Mall was the origin of the shooting. A gun was recovered, but no injuries were reported.

Kemp, a power forward, spent eight seasons in Seattle, retiring after spending the 2002-2003 season with the Orlando Magic. Kemp played a total of 14 seasons for Seattle, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Portland Trail Blazers, and the Magic.

The Seattle franchise moved to Oklahoma after the 2007-2008 season and became the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

He averaged 14.6 points and 8.4 rebounds per game in his career after being the 17th overall pick in the 1989 NBA Draft.

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Kemp, 53, was booked into the Pierce County Jail Wednesday afternoon after being arrested near the Tacoma Mall.

KIRO 7 obtained video shot outside the mall showing a man in red standing next to a Porsche, which KIRO 7 has confirmed is registered to Kemp.

Shawn Kemp : Drive by | Pierce County Jail | Age

Moments later, we see that man get into the car and speed away. Another clip shows the man pulled over by police and being placed in handcuffs.

“I was helping a customer and I heard a couple shots, and the mail lady was coming in and she said, ‘The guy in the red vest just shot somebody,’” said witness Brandyn Payne, who recorded the video. “And then I ran over there and locked all my doors and started videotaping it.”

“I’m not saying it would be any better, but if it was like DUI or something of that nature, you kind of see it,” said Robert, who did not want to be shown on camera. “But like a drive-by shooting, Shawn Kemp — he’s not shooting basketballs, right?”

KIRO 7 checked jail records, which show a Shawn Travis Kemp with the same age and same booking date arrested on suspicion of drive-by shooting.

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that the former Sonics legend was arrested Wednesday afternoon and is being investigated in connection with the shooting.


Shawn Kemp was born on November 26, 1969, making him 53 years old. He is a citizen of the United States who was born in Elkhart, Indiana.

Shawn Kemp : Drive by | Pierce County Jail | Age

His height and weight are remarkable: 6 feet 10 inches tall and 280 pounds (127 kg).

Shawn Travis Kemp Sr., better known as Shawn Kemp, was born in America. He began playing basketball as a junior in high school.

He used to play basketball for Concord High School in Elkhart, Indiana.

During his senior year of high school, he emerged as a standout athlete. Moreover, he has led his team to the championship game of the state tournament.

He was a member of the McDonald’s High School All-American team in 1988.

Due to his past basketball success, he has been invited to test out for a professional team.

By Rishabh

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