MILWAUKEE — Twenty people were injured in two shootings in downtown Milwaukee, near an entertainment district where thousands watched the Bucks face the Boston Celtics in the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals, authorities announced.
None of the wounds caused by either shot were ruled fatal.
The first shooting on Friday night, involving three victims, happened next to the Deer district – an entertainment district with many bars and restaurants where large crowds often gather for big sporting events.
The Milwaukee Fire Department said authorities took two people to the hospital, a 30-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl, and a third person checked into the hospital. Police said a 29-year-old man was in custody.
Seventeen other people were injured in a second shooting about two hours later, which happened a few blocks away. Ten people were arrested and nine firearms were recovered, WTMJ-TV reported.
There was no immediate indication whether the two shootings were related or involved fans watching the game.
Witnesses told WTMJ-TV they saw a fight outside a bar after the basketball game.
Bill Reinemann, a parking attendant adjacent to the Deer District, said he heard gunshots but did not see anyone being shot or saw the shooter in the previous shooting.
“It felt like six to eight shots,” he said. “It was close.”
After the gunshots, dozens of fans began running towards the Deer district, he said.
Reinemann, who has worked in the lot for 18 years, remained in his post even as fearful Bucks fans passed him by.
“I’ve been sitting in my chair here the whole time,” he said.
“The incident occurred outside of the Deer District area. We direct all questions to the Milwaukee Police Department,” Bucks spokesman Barry Baum said.
Boston beat Milwaukee in the game to force a Game 7 in the series.