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Gunfire, arrests and injuries reported in Lexington celebration

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Lexington, Ky. (WDRB) -- Jubilant University of Kentucky fans swarmed toward Lexington's State Street to celebrate the win, just as they did on Saturday.  WDRB's Chris Turner and photojournalists Sarah Haeberle and Reed Nelson, along with Executive Web Producer Travis Kircher braved the night of chaos and mayhem that brought dozens of arrests and minor injuries.

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Lexington Police say one person was wounded by gunfire, as thousands took to the streets to celebrate the NCAA title win over Kansas.

Lt. Clayton Roberts says the shooting happened shortly after 2 a.m. EDT Tuesday,  after some an verbal exchange between people on a sidewalk and people in a car.

Roberts says the people in the car got out, and a person on the sidewalk opened fire with a handgun, hitting a man from the vehicle.  The man in his 30s was taken to University of Kentucky Medical Center with serious injuries that weren't believed to be life-threatening. The gunman disappeared into the crowd and behind some buildings. So far, there has not been an arrest.

Within 20 minutes after the big win, fans were shoulder-to-shoulder in the now infamous State Street. They cheered, waved flags and sprayed beer to mark their Wildcats' eighth national championship.

Despite warnings from local and campus police, crowds pulled up stop signs, threw beer bottles and even pulled a hose off of a passing fire truck to use for a tug of war game. Neighbors watched from their porches, some still sober and in awe.

Police and firefighters also reported dozens of injuries from broken glass and flying debris. Dozens more fans were arrested, as firefighters were called to deal with more couch fires and other small nuisance fires.

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