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Some Rams celebrations end in shooting, arrest, lots of vandalism

A night of celebration after the Los Angeles Rams’ Super Bowl victory over the Cincinnati Bengals ended in vandalism, shootings and at least one arrest, officials said.

The shooting happened around 9:30 p.m. during a victory rally on Atlantic and Whittier Boulevards in east Los Angeles, according to Lt. Shawn O’Donnell of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The male victim was taken to a nearby hospital and is in stable condition, O’Donnell said Monday. No information about the shooter was available.

A large crowd also gathered in downtown Los Angeles after the game, starting near 11th and Hope streets and later moving to 12th and Grand. Police issued several dispersal orders and fired projectiles after some revelers became unruly.

Fans shot off fireworks, climbed over lamp posts and climbed over parked cars.

“We are witnessing violent and destructive behavior by large crowds in the heart of Downtown LA,” the LAPD tweeted at around 10:30 p.m.

LAPD Officer Rosario Cervantes said Monday a person was arrested on suspicion of possessing an illegal firearm after police stopped a car that was circling and making donuts in the streets. 11th and Figueroa streets.

The vehicle was manned by two men, she said, and police recovered a loaded gun from the passenger compartment. No further details of the arrest were immediately available.

Cervantes also said there were more than 20 reported cases of vandalism in the city, including two metro buses.

At least one driver was still inside a bus as fans climbed onto the roof and graffitied “Rams House” on windows, photos and video.

The Inglewood Police Department said Monday that no arrests were made in their area following the game, which took place at SoFi Stadium.

“Fortunately for Inglewood, there were none,” said Inglewood Police Lt. Brett Birkbeck. “I see they had civil unrest in LA, but we were pretty good with the stadium exit.”

The Rams beat the Bengals 23-20.

Times writers Kevin Rector, Jeong Park and Laura Newberry contributed to this report.

Los Angeles Times

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