The city of Milwaukee will have time all weekend and a big spectacle party on Sunday has been suspended after 21 people were injured in three separate shootings near the amusement park as thousands gathered at the NBA playoffs.
In one of the shootings Friday night, 17 people were injured when two groups opened fire on each other. Three people were injured in the shooting, and one third. All shots were fired on the pitch when the Milwaukee Bucks lost to the Boston Celtics in the 6th NBA’s Eastern Conference semifinals. All the victims are expected to survive.
“What makes people think they can just shoot each other on the street or in a fun place, whether the police are there or not?” Assistant Police Chief Nicole Waldner asked at a press conference on Saturday.
Mayor Cavalier Johnson said the city is the time to reach the town center which requires anyone 20 years of age or younger to leave the streets by 11pm on Saturdays and Sundays – as the Bucks play Boston in the final 7 games.
Meanwhile, an outdoor Game 7 party set up in the Deer District amusement park outside the stadium was suspended. Jeff Fleming, a spokesman for Johnson, said in a statement that the group decided to cancel the event “after consultation with the city and state security agencies.”
The guard party would probably attract more than 10,000 people. The Bucks said 11,000 participated in the Game 6 game, while more than 19,000 were inside the stadium.
“The shooting in Milwaukee last night was horrific and we condemn the horrific violence,” the Bucks said in a statement. It said the task force had been suspended “to allow law enforcement agencies to use the resources to investigate last night’s incident,” but said Deer District businesses should be kept open.
Johnson said those responsible for the shooting would be held accountable.
“We can’t have it in this city, or anywhere in this country, or anywhere in this country,” he said.
Waldner said three people, including a 16-year-old girl, were injured in the first shot at 9:10 pm, five minutes before the end of the game. One man was taken from prison.
The shooting took place outside the border of the Deer District, a 30-acre entertainment venue that started after the Fiserv Forum opened in 2018. It has lots of bars and restaurants where many people gather regularly to watch major sporting events or go to festivals.
Bill Reinemann, a parking attendant near the Deer District, said he heard gunshots and then saw many people fleeing.
He said: “It sounded like a 6- to 8-gun shot.” It was close. “
At 10:30 pm, a second shot left one person injured. No arrests were made, Waldner said.
A major gunshot was heard at 11:09 pm for the third shot that left 17 people injured. Five of the injured were armed and were among 10 people arrested, Waldner said. Police still did not know the cause.
“There were several gangs shooting at each other despite the fact that there were a lot of police in the city,” Waldner said. “Police 1 said the bullets went through their heads.”
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that broken glass, empty beer cans, a pair of shoes, and two bloody shirts filled the streets as a result of the riots.
Jake O’Kane, 25, of Appleton, Wisconsin, participated in the game with his girlfriend. Afterwards, he witnessed the commotion from the first shot, then left for a while and spent several hours in the bars before deciding to board Lyft to the restaurant.
O’Kane said he was out waiting for their ride “and then all of a sudden you hear ‘pop, pop, pop’ behind you.”
O’Kane said he had heard of 20 shots before filming 22 others. He assumed that the gun was about a hundred yards from his unit.
The driver boarded less than two minutes later, “I said, bro – drive!” O’Kane said.
Milwaukee was one of the few US cities that killed many people in 2021, most of them armed. The list included Philadelphia, Indianapolis and others.
Experts believe that the stress and strain caused by the COVID-19 epidemic are the main causes of violence. Johnson denied access to the gun.
“A big part of the problem is that people are more likely to carry guns,” Johnson said. “This is not the Milwaukee problem. Across the country we have seen an increase in shootings, killings and killings.”
By killing 193 Milwaukee people in 2021, 180 had guns. Another 873 people were injured in the shooting, according to police.
This year, the pace is getting worse. Milwaukee has already recorded 77 murders, a 40% increase from the same period in 2021. The number of homicides this year is 264, two fewer than the same period a year ago.
O’Kane said he was concerned about Milwaukee’s whereabouts.
“Will we play other games if we win? Yes, I’m still going to play for the Bucks. But will we be talking later? No, there is no chance. “
This article has been adapted to address the age of one of the 30 victims, not just 3.