Gunshots Fired At Pacers’ Jamaal Tinsley

December 11, 2007

Gunshots were fired at Indiana Pacers guard Jamaal Tinsley and his companions Sunday morning that wounded Pacers equipment manager Joey Qatato, who was shot in both elbows outside a Indianapolis hotel.

According to the Police, the incident started at the nightclub “Cloud 9″ in Indianapolis. Jamaal Tinsley had arrived with his people at the club in a Mercedes, a Rolls Royce and a Dodge Charger, all property of Tinsley. A group gathered around the Rolls Royce and harassed Tinsley about the cars and his earnings as a basketball player.

When they left the club, the group realized a car with at least four people and a pickup truck with at least two people were following them. After they pulled into the hotel parking lot, someone in the truck opened fire with a assault rifle, spraying bullets on the hotel, Tinsley’s cars and nearby buildings.

Qatato was shot in both elbows while sitting with Tinsley in the Rolls-Royce. He was taken to a Hospital, treated and released.
Police now has released surveillance videos. The timeline after the initial shootings, according to the clock on the video:

3:42: Tinsley’s Rolls-Royce pulls up in front of the Conrad. Four men get out, Qatato is last.

3:43: Qatato walks into the hotel with his shirt around his elbows to stop the bleeding.

3:44: Tinsley and another man who had been in the Rolls-Royce enter the lobby but quickly leave. The Mercedes drives up, two men get out and Tinsley points up the street in the direction the truck had headed. Qatato sits down in the lobby and is attended to by hotel employees. Clearly shaken and nervous, he is instructed to put his feet up on a chair.

3:45: Tinsley’s Charger arrives, and both the Charger and the Mercedes turn north onto Illinois Street, apparently to follow the truck, while Tinsley remains behind with Qatato.

3:49: A police officer arrives at the Conrad lobby; at 3:51 an exasperated Tinsley is seen walking with both hands on his head.

3:53: An ambulance arrives for Qatato.

It was also stated that Tinsley’s brother James returned fire with a 9 millimeter handgun after following the shooters. James Tinsley hasn’t been charged for firing a handgun because the incident is still under investigation.

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