MILWAUKEE — Three people were shot near the Deer District outside the Fiserv Forum near the conclusion of Friday Night’s Game 6 between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Boston Celtics, sending fans fleeing into the streets.
The Milwaukee Fire Department said a shot man and woman were taken to hospital Friday night, while a third person was driving there. All three have non-life-threatening injuries.
Police say a 29-year-old man is in custody.
“The incident occurred outside of the Deer District area,” Milwaukee Bucks communications director Barry Baum said in a statement to ESPN. “We direct all questions to the Milwaukee Police Department.”
Bucks fans began crowding into Deer District during the team’s run for the NBA championship last season. With a chance to clinch the Eastern Conference Semifinals series against the Celtics, and on a warm day after a long winter here, Friday was the first chance for fans to resume tradition. The team even installed metal detectors surrounding the bars and the stage entrance outside the arena.
But the shooting took place outside that perimeter, about a block from the Fiserv Forum.
The Bucks announced before the game that the Deer District had officially reached the capacity of 11,000 set for the watch party before Game 6.
Witnesses outside the arena said they heard gunfire with just over a minute remaining in the fourth quarter of Boston’s 108-95 victory, which left many spectators in awe a frenzy, running in several different directions.
A large police presence remained outside the arena hours after the match ended, with police recording several nearby intersections. An investigation is underway.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.