Man charged after UK student opened fire at home party near campus

LEXINGTON, Kentucky (LEX 18) — A man has been arrested and charged in connection with the shooting late Wednesday night at a house party near the University of Kentucky campus.

Lexington Police and British Police responded to reports of a shooting on University Avenue at approximately 11:52 p.m. Wednesday. Officers from the Lexington Police Department and British Police rushed to the scene and found a woman who had been shot. British police say the student was shot in the leg.


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Ten others were taken to a UK hospital with minor injuries. Police said the debris hit the concrete and caused minor injuries.

Police said three people were in custody, none of whom were British students. British authorities say all 11 injured were British students. Authorities also recovered two firearms at the scene.

19-year-old Jason Almanza Arroyo was arrested and charged with first degree lewd and endangering conduct, second degree disorderly conduct, third degree assault on a sheriff, and public alcohol intoxication it was done.

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Officers were summoned to University Avenue shortly after the shooting, according to the arrest warrant. Officers report finding the suspect under the influence of alcohol while in possession of a loaded firearm.

Almanza-Arroyo’s arrest warrant stated that he became aggressive when handcuffed and was “very disorderly” to many in the area. According to the citation, the suspect then deliberately spat into the officer’s mouth as he spoke.

One of the victims told officers that Almanza-Arroyo pointed a gun at him when the victim asked him to leave the party. I have clearly identified one thing.

Almanza-Arroyo is currently in custody at the Fayette County Detention Center.

UK spokesperson Jay Blanton said officials at the Dean of Students also responded to the scene. They plan to do their own review of what happened. The university also summarizes what they know and directs students to support services they may need after a shooting.

British officials said the party was hosted by members of Theta Chi fraternity.

An investigation into Thursday’s shooting is ongoing. Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Lexington Police Department at (859) 258-3600.


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