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Investigation continues into an off-campus shooting that injured 11 UK students

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UK Police Chief Joe Monroe

The investigation continues into a late-night shooting at an off-campus Theta Chi fraternity party that injured 11 University of Kentucky students. UK Police Chief Joe Monroe says one shot was fired in the house on University Avenue. The bullet hit a female student in the leg. Monroe said shrapnel from the round hitting concrete in the basement injured another ten students. All suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Monroe said three individuals were taken into custody. He said they crashed the party.

“An investigation is still ongoing but we don’t believe that they were targeting any individual. They believe that the individuals showed up because there was a party going on,” said Monroe.

Lexington police have arrested 19-year-old Jason Almanza-Arroyo in connection with the shooting. UK Spokesman Jay Blanton said the university’s office of student conduct will conduct a parallel investigation into the shooting.

“We feel very fortunate that none of our students sustained life-threatening injuries and all appear to be on their way to recovery quickly, but we also know students can be impacted in other ways beyond physical wounds and injuries,” said Blanton.

Blanton says that includes mental health and counseling services or support for well-being. In addition to Almanza-Arroyo, two others were taken into custody and two weapons were recovered.

Stu has been reporting for WEKU for more than 30 years.
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