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01/17/05

Five Arrested After Fights, Gunshot Fired

While a big group of people gathered to watch a house fire near the route of today's MLK Day parade in Savannah, a series of fights broke out, and at least one one gunshot was heard. Nobody got hurt, but the fights mixed with the large crowds led to a chaotic scene while police tried to make arrests, spilling over into Kayton Homes before it all finished.

By the time the first person ended up in handcuffs, hundreds of people had poured into the street.

"Crowds gather, and when a series of events happen close to one another, it tends to create confusion and hypes things up," said Chief Dan Flynn of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department.

So when other people involved in the fights started making a run for it, there was already an angry crowd.

When it was all said and done, police arrested five people but the only gun they found was a toy.

Police say dealing with a near-riot just after the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., parade is depressing. "It's ironic, but fortunately no one was injured and order has been restored," said Chief Flynn.

Of the five people in custody, three are juveniles.

With so many people involved as both witnesses and participants to these fights, this is still an ongoing investigation and police aren't finished sorting out exactly how this got started.

Reported by: Chris Cowperthwaite, ccowperthwaite@wtoc.com

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