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Milwaukee mayor decrees under-21 curfew

The mayor of Milwaukee has implemented a curfew for anyone under the age of 21 after three people were killed and 24 injured in nine shootings across the city.

Mayor Cavalier Johnson announced the curfew at a Saturday press conference, hours after a mass shooting left 17 people injured following the Milwaukee Bucks’ playoff game against the Boston Celtics.

The curfew will be in effect from 11 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and officers in the area will target any teenagers who are “loitering or otherwise acting unlawfully” with citations.

Johnson also said he wouldn’t rule out calling in the Wisconsin National Guard and was in constant conversation with Gov. Tony Evers.

“We won’t tolerate these kinds of actions in Milwaukee,” he said at the press conference, adding that “people just have too easy access to guns.”

Mayor Cavalier Johnson announced he was putting in place an 11 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. curfew for anyone under the age of 21

The announcement comes after a bloody Friday, when 11,000 fans gathered at the Fiserv Forum to watch Game 6 of the Milwaukee Bucks’ playoff series against the Boston Celtics.

The first shooting in the town of less than 600,000 began around 12:30 p.m. – several hours before the game – when a 24-year-old man was shot dead and taken to hospital.

About 45 minutes later, FOX 6 reports, a 23-year-old man was also shot and later died of his injuries.

Then, around 1:30 p.m., a 42-year-old man was shot dead and taken to hospital. He is expected to survive his injuries.

And at 4pm, a 17-year-old boy was hit by gunfire from a passing car and was taken to a local hospital for his injuries.

Thirty minutes later, Milwaukee police were called to another shooting in which a 30-year-old Milwaukee man was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries, and later pronounced dead.

Police say the shooting was the result of a fight, but are continuing to search for an unknown suspect in the case.

A third victim, a 33-year-old man, was killed in a sixth shooting at 6.40pm on Friday as the sun began to set.

A 24-year-old man was also shot at around 7:10 p.m. but is expected to survive.

Milwaukee mayor decrees under-21 curfew

Milwaukee police remain at the scene of a devastating shooting Saturday morning

Milwaukee mayor decrees under-21 curfew

Debris was strewn across the streets, where people fled after gunshots rang out

Milwaukee mayor decrees under-21 curfew

It happened just blocks from Game 6 of the Milwaukee Bucks’ playoff series against the Boston Celtics, which the Celtics won.

But the bloodiest shootings took place the day after the Milwaukee Bucks game at Fiserv Forum.

Witnesses said they first heard gunshots around 9 p.m. as the playoff game between the Bucks and the Boston Celtics was in its final minutes, ESPN reports.

A 29-year-old man, a 16-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man were injured in the shooting, Milwaukee police later said, and a 19-year-old was taken into custody.

The shootout sent many into a frenzy and several fights broke out after the game, which the Celtics won 108-95.

At 11 p.m. more shots rang out on Water Street, injuring 17 people aged between 15 and 47. They should all survive, according to WTMJ.

Ten people have since been arrested in connection with the shooting, with police recovering 10 firearms from the scene.

Officials said on Saturday that the suspects included both minors and adults, and that five of the victims of the mass shooting were armed and taken into custody.

None of the shootings appear to be related, Deputy Police Chief Nicole Waldner said.

Police now say Friday night’s mass shooting appears to have been a shootout between “a few groups”, as Mayor Johnson blamed it on “a small number of people who wanted to sow destruction in our city”.

Milwaukee mayor decrees under-21 curfew

Footage from the scene showed thousands of people running in all directions after gunfire rang out around 11 p.m. Friday in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee mayor decrees under-21 curfew

A witness reported a scuffle after the Milwaukee Bucks game on Friday night

Footage from the scene shows thousands of people fleeing in all directions in downtown Milwaukee after the shooting began.

“Everyone started running,” Brittany Bergstrom, who was at a nearby restaurant, told FOX 6. spilled drinks everywhere.”

She said her boyfriend pulled her behind a brick wall “and if he hadn’t, that outcome would be very different.”

“And that’s all I know, and everyone ran off and I just kept running.”

Police remained at the scene early Saturday morning, with several downtown blocks blocked.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Milwaukee Police at (414) 935-7360 or Crime Stoppers at (414) 224-TIPS.

Milwaukee mayor decrees under-21 curfew

Another shootout had occurred just two hours earlier as the Bucks game ended

Milwaukee mayor decrees under-21 curfew

Police remained at the scene until Saturday morning, although 10 people have already been arrested in connection with the shooting

Authorities are now attributing the shootings to criminals with “easy access” to firearms.

“There is an open carry of firearms with complete disregard” for law-abiding citizens, Waldner said on Saturday, adding that “there is a lack of awareness that is really hard to correct right now.” .

“It goes beyond law enforcement,” she said, as Johnson said “we need everyone to be part of the solution.”

Over the past year, homicide rates in the city have jumped 48%, according to Milwaukee Police Department statistics.

Now Alderman Robert Bauman said he had heard from condominium associations over the past month or so that they were concerned about the increasing violence, as they saw last summer.

“The police told me this last year, and I suspect it’s still true – everyone has a gun,” Bauman told the Journal-Sentinel. “They are outgunned. »

He raised concerns about downtown tailgating, which he described as “non-bar customers who just sit in or around their vehicles – drink, smoke and play music – and they are armed”.

“With everything happening again, there’s no reason it can’t happen again, because all the same conditions exist for it to happen – guns, lawless behavior, hot weather with the magnetic effect of a Bucks game.

“You almost have to pray for cold and rain,” he said.

Bauman also said he’s been told the police are now planning to staff up and have a large police presence downtown, but he thinks there should also be discussions about perimeter security. around entertainment districts, gun controls and the removal of on-street parking.

“They’re going to have to consider removing all street parking within blocks to prevent tailgating from taking place,” he claimed.

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