- At least 21 people were injured in three separate shootings in Milwaukee, following a playoff game at the Bucks.
- A Milwaukee Police press release said ten people were arrested and nine guns were recovered.
- Mayor Cavalier Johnson imposed a curfew in parts of the city center on Saturday night and Sunday.
Milwaukee – At least 21 people were shot in three separate shootings in the bar area of downtown Milwaukee after the Milwaukee Bucks playoff game, which drew thousands of people to the Deere area.
In the wake of the shooting, Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson imposed a Saturday afternoon curfew in parts of downtown on Saturday and Sunday nights. The curfew is in effect from 11 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. for people under the age of 21.
The shooting, which occurred shortly after 11 pm, wounded 17 people. On Saturday, police said five of the injured were armed and had been taken into custody.
Milwaukee police said the victims ranged in age from 15 to 47, and all were expected to survive. Ten people, ranging in age from juveniles to adults, were arrested and nine guns were recovered.
Authorities have not released more information about the victims, the ages of the suspects, and what they believe led to the shooting.
The shooting took place shortly after 11pm on Friday – just two hours and streets away from an earlier shooting that wounded three people, including a 16-year-old girl.
In that shooting, police arrested a 19-year-old man and said two other men, aged 29 and 26, were injured.
The gunshots sent hundreds of fans running through the deer district, as 11,000 people gathered to watch Game Six of the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Bucks and the Boston Celtics.
Shortly after this shooting, around 10:30 p.m., a 20-year-old man was shot. On Saturday, police said the shooting did not appear to be linked to the recent shooting, which occurred in the same area.
The Deer District has attracted thousands of people downtown in the past year to cheer at the Bucks game. The area was considered by many as a unified space in a city known for its separate spaces.
On the Friday night after the game, the streets filled with people on what seemed like the first night of summer in the city.
Thousands of people flocked from the Fiserv Forum, Deer District and surrounding bars, with large crowds pouring into the streets in an almost festival-like atmosphere – filled with music, clouds of smoke and people stopping traffic for impromptu dance parties.
Then the shooting caused people to flee. a Reporter For the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, part of the USA TODAY Network, which left the plaza around 11:30 p.m., sirens were heard in all directions from dozens of police teams and ambulances and saw drivers running red lights, speeding, swerving and screaming at pedestrians and at least one driver walking The wrong way down the street.
Violence hits a recreational district that has suffered two years of the pandemic and other high-profile incidents of gun violence, including two murders earlier this year.
‘Bullets were sprayed everywhere’: Witnesses describe the chaos in Dir
By Saturday morning, North Water Street in Deer County was filled with rubbish, bloodstains and evidence that people fled the area quickly. Broken glass, empty alcohol bottles, individual shoes, bloody T-shirts and medical gauze packets littered the streets.
A few police officers from Milwaukee School of Engineering and two workers in Milwaukee Downtown, a business improvement district, collected trash and debris.
Michael Tolsky, an MSOE student was inside his apartment when he heard gunshots. Within five minutes, a gunshot was heard.
“Bullets were sprayed everywhere,” Tolsky said.
Tolsky watched from his window overlooking the intersection as the crowds streamed from the area. He said: “People parted like the Red Sea.” “Everyone got out of here as fast as they could.”
Tolsky also saw a car that nearly crashed into a police officer who was walking across the street toward the scene of the shooting. He said he then saw what appeared to be officers shooting toward the car, but Milwaukee police officials flatly denied that account and said the officers did not fire any shots during the chaos Friday.
“Absolutely not,” Nicole Waldner, the commission’s assistant chair, told reporters.
Tolsky said he plans to stay indoors during the next Bucks game, away from his windows. He said a bullet hit the window of his friend’s apartment next door.
Another witness, Timothy Seymour, was inside the nearby Trinity Three Irish pubs when he looked out the window and saw people running outside.
He said he didn’t know at first what had happened, but a second round of shooting about 15 minutes later made him aware that there were two shootings, he said. The bar staff pulled everyone inside, where they waited until around 11:30 PM
“As a city, we have to do better. It’s not even sports related at that point. More than someone created havoc,” said Seymour, who has lived in Milwaukee his whole life and said he had never seen gun violence on this level before. .
‘Everyone has a gun’: Alderman links violence last summer
Last summer, the violence in the Water Street area – including reckless driving, fighting and shootings – drew widespread attention and pledges from government officials to make sure the area is safe.
Police vowed to maintain a “permanent presence” in the area on weekend nights and Bucks home game nights. At the time, one of the inn’s owners told elected officials that “the chaos that has swept our street is nothing short of appalling and horrific.”
In a Saturday morning interview, Milwaukee Dr. Robert Bowman, who represents much of downtown, said he’s heard from condominium associations over the past month or two about their concerns about the downtown violence last summer.
“I told them very frankly, based on the current circumstances, I don’t know why the violence didn’t happen again last summer,” Bowman said. “I mean, you have the same dynamics.”
“The police told me last year and I think it’s true again – everyone has a gun,” he added. “They outdid them, by far.”
The councilman said he has been told that the police plan to increase staff and have a large presence downtown, but Bowman is calling for discussions about security limits around recreation areas, weapons checks and the removal of street parking in the area.
Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley and Council President Jose G. Perez were not immediately reached for interviews on Saturday morning. Johnson, police chiefs and other officials spoke with reporters Saturday afternoon.
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Contributing: The Associated Press
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