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At least 21 people were injured Friday night in three separate shootings near the Milwaukee entertainment district in Wisconsin.where thousands of people had been watching the Milwaukee Bucks play the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals.
None of the injuries from the shooting are believed to be life-threatening, authorities said.
Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson imposed a curfew for anyone under the age of 21 on Saturday and Sunday nights. from 11 pm to 5:30 am in a limited emergency order following the shootings.
Curfew covers the city’s entertainment districtand violators may be subject to fines and towing, the mayor said.
“To those who were injured last night, I hope for a quick and speedy recovery,” Johnson said. “They came 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 that to keep happening.”
The first shooting occurred around 9:10 p.m. local time near the Deer District, an entertainment district with numerous bars and restaurants where large crowds often gather to watch major sporting events.
The Milwaukee Fire Department said authorities transported two people, a 30-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl, and a third person drove to a hospital.
Little more than an hour later, a nearby shooting left a 20-year-old man injured.
And around 11:09 pm, 17 people were injured in a third shooting.
Ten people were taken into custody, including five who were injured, and ten weapons were recovered, Milwaukee Police Department Deputy Chief Nicole Waldner said at a news conference Saturday afternoon.
A total of 11 people were arrested, the Police Department said in a news release Saturday afternoon, and the criminal charges will be forwarded to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office in the coming days.
No indications were reported about whether the shootings were related to or involved fans watching the game.
The Milwaukee Bucks said in a statement Friday night that no shootings occurred inside the Deer District.where an estimated 11,000 fans who were unable to enter the stadium gathered to watch the match. And on Saturday they reported canceling a Sunday viewing party at the Deer District plaza.
“The shootings that occurred in downtown Milwaukee last night were horrific and we condemn this devastating violence,” the team said in a statement. the notice of Saturday.
More shootings in Milwaukee
Of Milwaukee’s 193 murders in 2021, 180 were with firearms. Another 873 people were injured in shootings, according to police data.
This year has been worse so far. Milwaukee has already recorded 77 murders, a 40% increase from the same period in 2021. The number of non-fatal shootings this year is 264, two fewer than the same period a year ago.
The mayor did not cite any plans to ban parties downtown to watch Game 7 of the MIlwaukee Bucks on Sunday afternoon. Although the game is in Boston, thousands of fans often congregate downtown to watch big-screen TVs in the Deer District.
Milwaukee Mayor Johnson He called for anyone with information about the shootings to contact the Milwaukee Police Department.
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