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Tue April 3, 2012
Lexington Police Detail Post-Game Celebration Response
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Doctors amputated the foot of a man shot during raucous street celebrations in Lexington after Kentucky won the NCAA basketball championship and police said Tuesday they were trying to find the shooting suspect.
Harold Calloway, 31, remained hospitalized Tuesday, police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said. Calloway was shot about 2 a.m. EDT as Kentucky fans were celebrating Kentucky's 67-59 victory over Kansas on Monday night.
The man was shot in the foot, which had to be amputated because of the extent of the injuries, police told the Lexington Herald-Leader.
The celebrations around Lexington went on into the early-morning hours. Police said more than 50 people were arrested, and a fire official said 56 fires, all but one minor, were reported. There were also 25 emergency medical runs.
Police Chief Ronnie Bastin said those arrested were charged with offenses that included disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and resisting arrest, and dozens of citations for alcohol-related offenses also were issued. He estimated that more than 15,000 to 20,000 fans filled the streets.
"I would like to point out that the number of arrests, compared to the number of celebrating fans ... speaks to the fact that there were only a small number of troublemakers, creating a disproportionately large number of issues," Bastin said.
Bastin says most fans were responsible, friendly and cooperative and represented the city and team well.
The shooting happened after some people in a vehicle who were in Lexington for the celebration had exchanged words with some bystanders, police said. A person on the sidewalk opened fire with a handgun, hitting a man who had exited the vehicle, according to police.
No arrest had been made in the shooting. Bastin says police will continue to investigate crimes that occurred and asked for the public's help in identifying those involved by visiting http://www.idthisperson.com .
Calloway has outstanding criminal warrants on drug-related charges in Indiana and was being held for extradition once he recovers, Roberts said.