Shootings near Milwaukee Bucks playoff game leave 3 dead, 24 injured – Deadline

TO UPDATE: A Game 7 viewing party outside the Milwaukee Bucks arena has been canceled due to Friday night violence in the city.

“The shootings that occurred in downtown Milwaukee last night were horrific and we condemn this devastating violence,” the team said in a statement Saturday. “We are grateful to local law enforcement for their valiant efforts in trying to contain what was a dangerous and fluid situation. While these incidents took place off Deer District property, they clearly resonated with fans exiting the arena and leaving the plaza. Safety, health and wellness are always our top priorities for our guests and employees and we appreciate the hard work of our security team to keep our fans safe.”

The statement continued: “In order to allow law enforcement to devote the necessary resources to the continued investigation of last night’s events, we have decided to cancel tomorrow’s planned watch party at the plaza. Deer District businesses will remain open as usual. We continue to work with the Milwaukee Police Department and other public safety partners to provide a safe and welcoming environment for our fans. We plan to have more details soon.”

Authorities now say at least 21 people have been injured in three separate shootings near the entertainment district where thousands gathered for an NBA playoff game Friday night.

All the victims are expected to survive and ten people have been arrested.

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Two of the incidents took place near Fiserv Forum, where the Milwaukee Bucks hosted the Boston Celtics in an NBA playoff game. Reports indicate that 17 people were injured during a postgame shooting in Milwaukee’s Water Street bar district, a few blocks east of the arena.

Police said 10 arrests resulted in nine weapons being seized. All victims in the area are expected to survive. That incident was preceded by another in the area in which three people were shot while the match was taking place at the Fiserve Forum.

“Everyone started running,” witness Brittany Bergstrom told Fox 6. “There was a stampede, people running over bushes, hats, shoes on the ground, drinks spilled everywhere.”

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