At least 21 injured in trio of Milwaukee shootings near NBA playoff game
At least 21 people were left injured from three separate shootings in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Friday evening, local authorities said.
The shootings took place within several blocks of the Milwaukee Bucks stadium in the city’s Deer District, where a playoff game between the Bucks and Boston Celtics was taking place. Three people were reported wounded from the first shooting, one was injured in the second shooting, and 17 people sustained injuries in the third shooting, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. All the individuals who were shot were treated at a hospital, and police noted Saturday they were expected to survive. A handful of those injured were arrested.
“I know you all have questions about what this was about, and I’m going to be honest with you, we are not there yet,” Assistant Police Chief Nicole Waldner said during a press conference, adding that the department needed “time to investigate.”
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The first shots rang out around 9:15 p.m., around the time the playoff game was letting out. A 16-year-old girl and two men ages 29 and 26 were left injured from the first shooting, Waldner said.
A 20-year-old man was injured in a second shooting that occurred around 10:30 p.m. Victims ranging from 15 years old to 47 years old were wounded in the third shooting. After the second shooting, an “all-city assist” was announced, in which every officer available was deployed, Waldner said.
“The shootings that happened in downtown Milwaukee last night were horrific and we condemn this devastating violence,” the Bucks wrote in a statement shared to Twitter. “We are grateful to local law enforcement for its valiant efforts to try to contain what was a dangerous and fluid situation,” the basketball franchise said, adding that it would be canceling a watch party planned for Sunday.
Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson announced that “restrictions and limitations” would be imposed after the shootings. “Formally, I’m issuing a limited emergency order that imposes a curfew for all individuals under the age of 21-years-old,” Johnson said of the two-day curfew on Saturday afternoon.
“To put it simply, if you intend to loiter, if you intend to act out, cut up, if you intend to do anything that is unlawful, then my message is simple: Don’t come here,” Johnson said during his press conference.
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The Milwaukee Police Department announced 11 arrests in connection to the shootings on Friday, according to a Facebook post Saturday which noted that five of these people were among those who were treated for gunshot wounds.
“Criminal charges for all arrestees will be referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office in the upcoming days,” the department said.
The Washington Examiner reached out to the Milwaukee Police Department for a request for comment.