Milwaukee Shooting Leaves at Least 17 Wounded, Police Say

NEWS: Milwaukee Shooting Leaves at Least 17 Wounded, Police Say

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At least 17 people were wounded in a shooting in downtown Milwaukee on Friday night, blocks from the arena where an N.B.A. playoff game had ended hours earlier, the police said.

The Milwaukee Police Department said that there were no fatalities in the shooting, which happened around 11:09 p.m. in a popular nightlife area. The victims were between 15 and 47 years old and were all expected to survive, the police said.

Ten people were in custody in connection with the shooting, and the police said they recovered nine guns from the scene, which was near the arena, the Fiserv Forum. The police said the investigation was continuing and that they were still looking for others who might have been involved in the gunfire. What led up to the shooting was unknown.

At least 11,000 people had gathered outside the arena at a watch party in an area known as the Deer District to watch the Milwaukee Bucks play the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The next game in the series is on Sunday in Boston. Another watch party that also has the capacity for 11,000 people is scheduled in the Deer District in Milwaukee.

A little less than two hours earlier on Friday, three people were wounded in a shooting in another nightlife area adjacent to the Deer District. The victims were two men, ages 26 and 29, and a 16-year-old female. They were all expected to survive, the police said. A 19-year-old man was in custody in connection with that shooting, the police said.

Jake O’Kane, 25, knew the first shooting had occurred just before he left the arena with his girlfriend and two friends, but that didn’t stop his group from continuing to the bars.

“That’s kind of normal Milwaukee — the kind of one-off small, isolated incident thing — that happens, unfortunately, quite often,” Mr. O’Kane said. “It didn’t deter us at all.”

After a couple of hours downtown, Mr. O’Kane was waiting for an Uber when he heard more shots. A video Mr. O’Kane took from where he stood about a block away from the shooting shows people running through the streets.

Mr. O’Kane, who lives about 90 minutes away in Appleton, Wis., said that violence downtown has become a common occurrence in recent years, a noticeable uptick from before the pandemic. He added that concerns about downtown have kept some away from the games, like when his mother stayed home during the N.B.A. Finals last year.

Three people were injured in a shooting on the same block during a Bucks championship celebration last July, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Mr. O’Kane said that he would still come to games but that he would be hesitant to spend time downtown afterward. “Maybe we’ll get back downtown, but it’s going to be: Go to the game, get out of there,” he said.

Bil Reinemann, 72, a parking attendant at a lot near the arena, heard what he thought were gunshots when the first shooting downtown occurred. “I definitely knew it was something beyond firecrackers,” he said. He, too, was worried about the effect of the violence on future events in the area.

“It doesn’t do anything positive for the imagery of the downtown area, particularly that neighborhood,” he said.

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