The mother of the University of Kentucky student who was shot early Friday at a popular Lexington night club said he was out of surgery and doing well.
"He's in a lot of pain, but he's going to be OK," Debbie Grider said.
Her son, Jerrad Grider, 25, was shot while standing in a crowd on the bar patio. The shooter opened fire into the crowd indiscriminately after he was kicked out of the bar.
Jerrad Grider was at Silks Lounge, 125 North Mill Street, celebrating the birthday of one of his best friends, his mother said.
Witnesses told police the bartender had asked a man to leave after he reached over the bar, grabbed a bottle of liquor and then took a drink.
"That lends itself to the assumption that he was pretty intoxicated when this situation happened," Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.
The man left the bar with a friend, Roberts said. As they were walking down the street, witnesses said the man who had been kicked out for grabbing the liquor bottle turned, pulled out a handgun and fired two or three shots at the bar, hitting the victim, Roberts said.
At 1:47 a.m., police responded to a call about shots being fired. Jerrad Grider was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital with life-threatening injuries. Later Friday he was listed in fair condition.
"A bullet went through his back and came out his stomach," Debbie Grider said.
A piece of his colon had to be cut out and reattached, she said.
Jerrad Grider is a junior at UK studying geology.
No arrests had been made, and Roberts said police do not have a good description of the shooter.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call police at (859) 258-3600.