A long Seattle Storm practice took a unusual turn Thursday when the WNBA team’s players, coaching staff and practice players were part of the lockdown after the shooting at Seattle Pacific University.
Coach Brian Agler wrapped up his team’s practice at SPU’s Brougham Pavilion later than normal, at about 2:45 p.m. Seattle’s women’s pro basketball team practices in the basement and uses a locker room there as well.
When the shooting occurred across the street, players, coaches and practice players were locked inside while police secured the area and took the shooting suspect into custody, according to Storm associate head coach Jenny Boucek.
Guard Sue Bird had left a few minutes earlier to join a live chat with The Seattle Times at the team’s headquarters in Magnolia, and the chat was cut short after she learned of the shootings. Forward Camille Little had a public appearance and is believed to also have left early.
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The Storm released a statement later: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of today’s tragedy at SPU.”
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