Seventeen people were injured when gunfire erupted in downtown Milwaukee, just hours after three people were shot a few blocks away, not far from where thousands of people s were gathered to watch the Bucks take on the Celtics in Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.
The first shooting happened around 9:21 p.m. Friday near the Deer District, an entertainment district packed with bars and restaurants popular with fans looking to watch major sporting events.
The victims included two men, 26 and 29, and a 16-year-old girl, police said. All three should survive their injuries.
“A 19-year-old male has been arrested in connection with this incident,” Milwaukee Police Captain Warren Allen told CNN. “Charges are pending review by the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office.”
About two hours later, 17 more people were injured in another shooting a few blocks from the first. The victims ranged in age from 15 to 47, Allen said. None of their injuries appeared to be life threatening.
Police arrested a total of 10 people in connection with the second incident and nine firearms were recovered, WTMJ-TV reported.
Witnesses said the sound of gunfire sparked some chaos, sending basketball fans fleeing from bars and onto the streets. While it’s unclear what sparked the shooting, multiple people at the scene said a fight broke out at a bar after the basketball game.
Authorities did not say whether the incidents were related or involved those watching the NBA semifinals.
The Bucks lost to the Celtics on Friday night — 108-95 — forcing Game 7 on Sunday, the winner of which will face Miami in the Eastern Conference Finals.