Police also reported few problems all weekend. Maj. Lloyd Crowe, spokesman for the Indianapolis Police Department, said 23 young people were detained for curfew violations Saturday; no curfew violators were picked up Friday.
In addition, IPD officers made eight arrests in the Downtown area Friday night and 25 on Saturday for a variety of violations, most of them minor.
That rosy view contrasts sharply with what WRTV reported. Video footgage shows a panicked crowd running after gunshots were fired in the heart of downtown Saturday night, resulting in the arrest of several individuals in possession of a gun and drugs. One police officer was also injured trying to control the crowds. It reports:
There were dozens of arrests and some tense moments in downtown Indianapolis late Saturday night after the Circle City Classic concluded.
Many of the arrests were for curfew violations, but there were also some more serious arrests.
Warnings were issued before the curfew sweep began.
"I've seen a lot of kids that probably should be with parents. Those are the kids we need to probably get off the street," said Indianapolis Deputy Mayor Steve Campbell.
Gunshots were heard and a group was handcuffed after police said they found drugs and a gun. Police said problems were not as bad this year as they have been in some past years.
In all, there were 23 curfew violations involving kids between the ages of 11 and 17. There were 17 other arrests on Saturday night and eight arrests on Friday night.
One officer was hurt when he twisted his knee while dealing with crowd control.
A friend of mine spoke to the manager of P.F. Chiang's late Saturday night, who he says told him that the restaurant closed shortly after 10:00 p.m. when a third gunshot of the night was heard. I was downtown earlier in the day after the parade ended, and the crowd was very friendly. The doors to my office building on Meridian Street were wide open; however, when I attempted to access the Key Bank ATM machine at Market Tower Saturday afternoon, the building was locked down. Fortunately, a friendly guard permitted me access to the ATM machine. It looks like the problems Saturday night were caused by menacing teen-agers, who probably didn't even attend any of the Circle City Classic events.