DETROIT, JUNE 15 -- The city picked up the pieces today after a furious night of celebration that was part unbridled joy, part vicious mayhem and part accidental tragedy.
The blissful aftermath for millions of triumphant Detroit Pistons basketball fans was interrupted by the mourning for eight persons killed, the rage of owners sweeping glass from looted stores and the frustration of civic leaders faced with yet another spate of noxious national publicity.
One man was fatally shot. Six pedestrians were hit by cars, including four revelers rammed in a hit-and-run incident, and one man tumbled from an apartment roof.
The destruction was far greater than that of last June, when the Pistons also won the National Basketball Association championship, and recalled disturbances that marred celebration of the Detroit Tigers' victory in baseball's 1984 World Series.
Police reported 31 incidents of malicious destruction of property in Detroit neighborhoods and said 35 people were arrested or detained for disorderly conduct.
Local hospitals reported treating at least 124 persons, including 26 who had been shot, two who had been stabbed and many who had been assaulted. It could not be established with certainty that all incidents were related to the victory celebration, but each hospital reported considerably more patients than usual.
More than a dozen revelers were beaten by other celebrants within feet of riot-ready police officers on jammed downtown streets. Detroit firefighters were busier than usual. Some were hit with thrown bottles and rocks, but no injuries were reported.
"Misguided people are turning victory into tragedy," said the Rev. Charles Adams, pastor of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church.
"Fans, ha! They're just a bunch a heathens," said Freda Chandler, adjusting her Pistons cap as workmen installed a new plate-glass window in a row of buildings that she owns.
Some city officials went out of their way to note that while many people partyed, only a few were violent. They said the fatalities and some injuries, while occurring during the post-game frenzy, could have happened on any night.
"There were literally hundreds of thousands of people who were raucously celebrating but not committing any crimes while they were doing it," Executive Deputy Police Chief James Bannon said.
Mayor Coleman Young, hosting journalists at a media day, said he was disappointed but not surprised at the violence. "There are always some, who under cover of celebration, will break the law," he said. "Always. And that's what happened last night."
City Council President Maryann Mahaffey said it would be unfair if Detroit's image were to suffer because of the incidents. "It was mostly exuberance," she said.
On Van Dyke Avenue, in front of a convenience store, a crowd of 100 people was dancing joyously, drinking and shouting about the Pistons. The next moment, bodies were flying, struck by a blue Thunderbird that dragged a girl, 15, beneath it, then sped off.
"I said, 'My baby's not hit,' because I didn't see my son, but my daughter found him halfway down the block," said May Brown, mother of Keith Cordesz Brown, 10. "It was like I was dreaming. I wasn't really there."
Her son was one of the four people slain in what authorities suggested might have been a deliberate hit-and-run. Also killed were Frederick Moore, 9; Alisha Stanfield, 15, and Sonny Deon Hogan, 21.
All but Keith Brown, who visited an aunt's home nearby to watch the game, lived within blocks of the scene.
Police in Warren, Mich., arrested a 41-year-old Warren man in connection with the incident. Detroit police, who seized the car and were holding the man, would release no details.
Several witnesses said the driver appeared to have driven purposely into the crowd at about 50 mph.
About 1:15 a.m., a fight began in a crowded parking lot. A man who was punched pulled a gun and fired several shots, killing Michael Wilkins, 19, and seriously wounding Curtis Sharon, 25. The gunman escaped in a car.
Incidents also were reported in the suburbs.
On Visger Road, the border of River Rouge and Ecorse, windows were broken in a police car and several stores, and 28 people were arrested for disorderly conduct, Police Chief Francis DeCrease said. No injuries were reported.
In Roseville, 300 people gathered in front of a store, police said. Bottles and beer cans pelted a patrol car, breaking the windshield. No injuries or arrests were reported.
At the Palace of Auburn Hills, the Pistons' home court, more than 21,000 fans watched huge television screens as the Pistons beat the Trail Blazers in Portland to win the championship. Police said they made only one arrest, for disorderly conduct.