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Lexington Police comment on Monday night crowds, celebrations

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A huge crowd celebrated in the streets of Lexington after UK's win on Monday. A huge crowd celebrated in the streets of Lexington after UK's win on Monday.
Fans enjoying UK's post-win celebration in the streets of Lexington. Fans enjoying UK's post-win celebration in the streets of Lexington.
Lexington Police make arrests during Monday night's celebration. Lexington Police make arrests during Monday night's celebration.

LEXINGTON, KY (WAVE) - As ecstatic fans celebrated Monday night's Wildcats' championship win into the wee hours of Tuesday morning in Lexington, police were working around the clock to keep the peace in Big Blue Nation.

Lexington Police partnered with several agencies, bringing in more resources to keep the celebrations from turning dangerous.

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They estimate that around campus, including hot spots like State Street, crowds topped 20,000.

Police reported working about 100 issues; of that number, approximately 50 people were arrested and  another 50 were issued citations.

The charges stemmed from incidents such as possession of marijuana and underage drinking.

Police said the number is low compared to the amount of incidents after UK's semi-final victory over UofL on Saturday night.

They said crowds were more spirited on Monday, but they were also less out of control.

Monday night, only a few couches were torched. Vehicles were ordered off State Street before the game, which officers said helped keep vehicles from being torched.

Despite the attempts at keeping the peace, one person was shot after a fight around 2 a.m.

Police said the man got into a fight with another group and that officers heard the gunshots and ran to the area.

They found the victim, 31-year-old Harold Calloway, and took him to a hospital. He is expected to make it but his foot had to be amputated.

Once Calloway recovers, he's expected to go to jail. Police said he has outstanding warrants in Indiana for crimes such as drug trafficking.

Police said they believe the crowd was calmer Monday night because officers went around town letting people know they'd be out and on patrol.

Officers said they would evaluate the night and take notes to help them with future large-scale events.

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