Two incidents near the Milwaukee Bucks playoff game Friday night resulted in 20 injuries, 10 arrests, and nine firearms recovered by police. None of the injuries are thought to be life-threatening.
Local media reports several fights broke out as fans were leaving the NBA game, though it’s unclear if they led to the shootings.
Two men, 26 and 29, and a 16-year-old girl were wounded in the first incident near Fiserv Forum. A 19-year-old male was arrested and police say charges are pending. An estimated 11,000 fans gathered for the watch party for the Bucks and Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinal.
Hundreds of spectators were sent scrambling through the city’s new Deer District, a downtown attraction for sports and entertainment. Witnesses told Milwaukee police that gunshots were heard near the end of the game, and then a fight was observed outside of a bar after the game.
The Bucks issued a statement Friday night saying the initial shooting happened outside of the Deer District. Therefore all questions should be addressed to Milwaukee police.
The second shooting happened about two hours later about two blocks away from the first, and 17 people ranging from 15 to 47 years of age were wounded. A witness who recorded a video of the scene reported several people in the middle of the street yelling at each other before shots were fired.
The incidents near the NBA playoff game were not even the worst faced by Milwaukee police Friday evening. Before the first shot in either of those two cases rang out, which was just after 9 p.m., five other shootings left three dead and two injured.
With over half an hour left until midnight, Milwaukee tallied 24 people shot and three dead. The city registered 193 killings in 2021, with all but 13 by firearms. That set a new record.
That record is looking shaky as there have already been 77 killings this year, a whopping 40% over last year’s tally to date. The most beautiful downtown entertainment districts in the world may be built, but with nights like these, good luck getting people to show up.