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Authors: McClatchy Newspapers Jim Warren

LEXINGTON, Ky. _ A Kentucky man’s foot was amputated after he was wounded in a shooting incident early Tuesday, Lexington police said.
The victim’s name was not immediately available, and police were looking for the person who shot him.

The victim, who is from Louisville, has “outstanding felony warrants” pending from another state, said police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts.

Lt. J.J. Lombardi said the incident occurred about 2:15 a.m. near the area where there were celebrations after the University of Kentucky’s NCAA national championship victory over Kansas.

The victim was in a vehicle with friends, he said.

“They were up here for the celebration,” Lombardi said.

Roberts said friends of the victim stated that they had stopped to talk with some girls who were standing in the crowd on the sidewalk.

According to Lombardi, the victim got into an argument with a man who was on the street, then the victim stepped outside the vehicle, where the disagreement continued.

“The suspect then brandished a handgun and fired multiple rounds,” Lombardi said. “One of the rounds struck the victim in the foot, and three other rounds struck the vehicle.”

No one else was injured, and no other vehicles were hit, police said.

According to Roberts, officers combed the area, using search dogs, but did not find the shooter.

A description of the shooter was not immediately available.
Lombardi said the victim was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, just across the street, where his wounded foot had to be amputated as a result of the injuries.

Lombardi said the incident apparently was related to the post-game celebration.

“They were in the general vicinity of the celebration that was going on down around Elizabeth Street, and were just leaving that vicinity,” Lombardi said.

Fire department spokesman Ed Davis was in the area when the shooting occurred.

“I was probably standing about 40 feet from it,” he said.
Davis said a fire engine was involved in a minor collision with a pickup at Lime and Virginia about that time, and he was there to do a report.

“I was standing in front of my truck with a police officer exchanging some information, and we heard some yelling and looked across the street,” he said. “A guy began firing shots, and the person who was shot was between us and him so the shots were coming our direction. It was on the sidewalk directly across from us.

“We could see the guy shooting; we could see the muzzle flashes; the gun was pointed in our direction.

Throughout the night, firefighters answered almost 60 fire calls, Davis said, 55 of them involving “nuisance fires” started by people celebrating the Wildcats’ victory. Most of those involved couches or trash that had been set on fire, he said.

Two garages also caught fire on State Street, Davis said, and one was heavily damaged. The second garage was damaged slightly by a firecracker that struck the eave of its roof and then started a small fire, he said.

Davis said the department also made 25 ambulance runs during the evening, all of them involving minor injuries except for the shooting.

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