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Police investigators collect evidence on Lansdowne Street near Fenway Park from overnight conflicts between police and youths celebrating the Red Sox victory over the Yankees.
Police investigators collect evidence on Lansdowne Street near Fenway Park from overnight conflicts between police and youths celebrating the Red Sox victory over the Yankees. (Globe Staff Photo / George Rizer)

Injuries reported as fans get out of control after last night's Red Sox victory

A 21-year-old Emerson College student was reported in critical condition today after she was struck by a "bean-bag" bullet fired as hundreds of Boston police officers struggled to control unruly crowds in the Fenway Park area early this morning.

The student had been taken to Brigham and Women's Hospital after being injured on Lansdowne Street, where hundreds of fans had gathered to celebrate the Red Sox victory over the Yankees.

Boston police launched an immediate, intense investigation in an effort to determine how she was injured and whether the bullet had been fired by an officer.

"One factor that is being investigated is whether her injuries were sustained in any way during crowd control measures," said Suffolk District Attorney spokesman David Procopio. "That has not been confirmed or determined yet. The facts and circumstances of her injuries are the subject of an extremely active investigation at this point."

Sixteen people were reported injured early this morning as Boston police had to use what they describe as "less-than-lethal force'' to control rowdy fans after last night's Red Sox victory over the Yankees.

Mayor Thomas Menino told the news media later this morning that he was considering banning the serving of liquor in bars in the Fenway Park area once any World Series game gets underway.

He also said he was considering banning still and television cameras from inside bars in the Fenway Park area during games because he felt they contributed to inciting the crowds, mostly young people. He described what had happened as "'senseless''.

More than 1,000 police officers had to be pressed into service to break up the crowds.

Television news reports from the scene showed one SUV on fire, youths throwing waste barrels and others items at buildings and signs. Some fans climbed on roofs and there were reports of fans falling to street after trying to climb up onto Fenway's Green Monster. Others were shown climbing street signs.

WCVB-TV reported that police had estimated between 60,000 and 80,000 people had converged on the Kenmore Square-Fenway Park area and most appeared to be students.

WCVB newscasts showed police with riot gear and dogs working to break up the crowds jamming the streets and sidewalks.

Boston police reported eight arrests in the neighborhood, most for disorderly conduct though one arrest was reported for assault and battery on a police officer. Sixteen people were injured, one seriously, a police spokeswoman said. One of those injured was a police officer, but his wounds were not severe, Beverly Ford said.

Students also gathered on college campuses around the region following the game.

About 5,000 people flooded the Southwest residential hall complex at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, but their celebration soon turned violent, police said.   Continued...

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