Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Players from the Oklahoma City Thunder were among those evacuated from an Oklahoma City mall following a shooting.
The incident occurred Thursday at Penn Square Mall, hours before the Thunder faced the Memphis Grizzlies. The players were not harmed.
"Thunder security was made aware immediately," the team said in a statement. "The team was never in any danger and was safe during the entirety of the event."
The mall was temporarily closed after the shooting. Police said the victim of the shooting was in critical condition after being shot in the chest.
Elizha Sanders, 24, was taken into police custody and booked into jail at 2:28 a.m. EST Friday. Sanders has been charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon.
The Thunder beat the Grizzlies 126-122 Thursday at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, about eight miles from the scene of the shooting. They will host the Phoenix Suns at 8 p.m. EST Friday.