A partial curfew has been put in place as police investigate three separate shootings that left 21 people injured Friday night near the Milwaukee Bucks’ game against the Boston Celtics.
The shooting took place downtown, near the entertainment district. The Deer District, which has restaurants and bars, was packed with huge crowds as people gathered to watch Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals.
The first shooting took place around 9:10 p.m. local time and resulted in two people, a 30-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl, being taken to hospital.
A third victim is driving alone to get medical attention. Police detained a 29-year-old man of interest and recovered a gun.
The second shooting occurred more than an hour later and a 20-year-old man was injured. The third shooting occurred around 11:09 p.m. local time and left 17 people injured, according to Milwaukee Police Department Deputy Chief Nicole Waldner.
Among the 10 people the police detained, five were injured. Officers also recovered 10 weapons from the shooting.
Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson issued a partial curfew affecting those under 21 in an emergency order for Saturday and Sunday nights from 11 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. local time.
The curfew will affect the downtown entertainment district and violators could face fines or have their vehicles towed. “For those who were injured last night, I hope for a quick and speedy recovery,” Johnson said.
“You came here to have fun, to have a good time in our city, and people should be able to do that downtown or anywhere else in Milwaukee, and I want to keep that happening.”
On Saturday, the Milwaukee Bucks issued a statement address the shooting and announced the cancellation of a scheduled watch party.
“The shootings that occurred in downtown Milwaukee last night were horrific and we condemn this devastating violence. We thank local law enforcement for their valiant efforts in trying to contain what was a dangerous and fluid situation. While these incidents took place off Deer District property, they clearly resonated with fans exiting the arena and leaving the plaza. Safety, health and wellness are always our top priorities for our guests and employees, and we appreciate the hard work of our security team to keep our fans safe.
To allow law enforcement to devote the necessary resources to the continued investigation of last night’s events, we have decided to cancel tomorrow’s planned watch party at the plaza, Deer District businesses will remain open as usual. We continue to work with the Milwaukee Police Department and other public safety partners to provide a safe and welcoming environment for our fans. We plan to have more details soon.”
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