MILWAUKEE — Twenty people were injured in two shootings near an entertainment district near downtown Milwaukee, authorities said, as thousands watched the Bucks play the Celtics in the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals.
The injuries from both shootings are not believed to be life-threatening.
The first shooting on Friday night, involving three victims, occurred near Deer District — an entertainment district with numerous bars and restaurants where large crowds often gather for major sporting events.
Authorities took two people to the hospital, a 30-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl, and a third drove to the hospital, the Milwaukee Fire Department said. A 29-year-old man has been taken into custody, police said.
About two hours later, 17 more people were injured in a second shooting a few blocks away. According to WTMJ-TV, 10 people were detained and nine guns were recovered.
There was no immediate indication whether the two shootings were related or involved fans watching the game.
Witnesses told WTMJ-TV they saw a fight outside a bar after a basketball game.
Bill Reinemann, a parking attendant in a parking lot near Deer District, said he heard gunshots but saw no one shot or the shooter in the earlier shooting.
“It sounded like six or eight shots,” he said, “very close.”
He said dozens of fans started running towards the deer district after the gunshots rang out.
Reneman has been on the job for 18 years, and he’s stuck to his post even as terrified Bucks fans run past him.
“I’ve been sitting in a chair,” he said.
“The incident occurred outside the Deer Zone. We are referring all questions to the Milwaukee Police Department,” Bucks spokesman Barry Baum said.
Boston beat Milwaukee in the game to force the series into Game 7.
This story has been updated to change the age of one of the people who was shot to 30 instead of 3.
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