Police seeking woman caught on gas station video prior to Tinsley shooting Print
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Thursday, 13 December 2007 14:52
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 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - New security camera video shows a silver Chrysler 300 shadowing a Rolls-Royce belonging to Indiana Pacers guard Jamaal Tinsley shortly before someone fired an assault rifle at him.
Indianapolis police say they want to identify a woman who is seen in the video getting out of the Chrysler and walking into a Marathon gas station store early Sunday morning. Her face passes close to the camera.
``We would like to talk to her and get information about the driver of the Chrysler 300 and listen to their side of the story,'' said Detective Steve Walters of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
The gas station camera shows Tinsley's car parked at a pump and the other car stopped diagonally behind it at another pump at 3:21 a.m. Tinsley can be seen in the background, getting out of his Rolls and glancing at the Chrysler.
Police showed only a few seconds of the video to reporters Thursday afternoon. Officers say the two groups appeared to be arguing after they pulled into the station.
A section of video not shown to media depicts people gesturing with their arms, Walters said.
Earlier in the evening, Tinsley and some companions had gone to an R. Kelly concert and then stopped at a club called ``Cloud 9'' on 38th Street, Walters said.
Police have said Tinsley's group arrived in a dark Mercedes, a Dodge Charger and the Rolls-Royce. A group of people gathered around the Rolls and harassed Tinsley about his cars and his money as he and his group were leaving.
Police say Tinsley and his companions stopped at the gas station and then drove downtown.
About 20 minutes after the gas station stop, another security camera at the luxury Conrad Hotel downtown shows Tinsley's Rolls-Royce pulling up and four men getting out.
Police say a blue pickup truck, that may have been a Dodge, drove past moments later and someone inside sprayed shots from a .223 caliber assault rifle at Tinsley's cars.
Tinsley was not hurt, but Pacers equipment manager Joey Qatato, 48, was struck in both elbows as he sat in the Rolls. He was taken to Methodist Hospital, where he was treated and released.
Walters said the Chrysler 300 was with that pickup truck, but the pickup was not seen in the gas station video. Those cars followed Tinsley's vehicles from Cloud 9 to the gas station and then downtown.
Police have said Tinsley told them his group realized they were being followed and pulled into the Conrad instead of going to the player's home.
The gas station security video gives credibility to that story, Walters said.
The detective also corrected previous reports that Tinsley's brother James chased after the pickup and the Chrysler in another car and fired shots during the pursuit. He said James Tinsley returned fire with a handgun in front of the Conrad.
Coincidentally, Walters was working a part-time job a block from the Conrad when the shots were fired.
``I heard the first series of shots go off,'' he said. ``Then in about anywhere from seven to 15 seconds, the second series came off.''
Walters said police don't have license plate information on the cars that followed Tinsley's, but they have received several tips on the pickup truck.
 

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