MILWAUKEE – Two shots in downtown Milwaukee early Wednesday as crowds celebrated the Milwaukee Bucks’ first NBA championship in 50 years left three people injured, police said.
The shootings happened around 12:42 a.m. at two locations near Water Street, police said in a statement. TV station WISN had a reporter broadcast from the scene when multiple shots were heard, prompting people to flee.
The shots were fired across the Milwaukee River from the Fiserv Forum, where the game was played, and Deer District Square, where a crowd of approximately 65,000 people had gathered for a surveillance party at the Open air. The area where the shootings took place is on a busy street of bars and restaurants.
During Tuesday night’s game, a police officer was trampled by people trying to enter the Deer District Surveillance Party after the area had reached capacity, Milwaukee Police Captain Jesus said. Ortiz in an email. The officer was not seriously injured, but reported general pain, Ortiz said.
After one of the shootings, a 22-year-old man suffered injuries that did not endanger his life, according to police, and one suspect was in custody.
In the other shooting, according to police, which took place simultaneously, a 19-year-old woman and a 32-year-old man suffered non-life-threatening injuries. One person was detained and other suspects were being sought, police said.
The two shots, which occurred in the immediate area of the celebrations, were probably what was heard during the television coverage, Ortiz said.
The celebrations came after Giannis Antetokounmpo reached one of the best finals in the NBA with 50 points, as Milwaukee beat the Phoenix Suns 105-98 to win the series 4-2.