Milwaukee – Two shootings left three people injured in downtown Milwaukee on Wednesday morning as crowds celebrated the Milwaukee Bucks’ first NBA Championship in 50 years, police said.
The shooting took place around 12:42 a.m. at two locations near Water Street, police said in a statement. WISN TV had a reporter broadcasting from the scene when several gunshots were heard, causing people to flee.
Police said the injuries were not life threatening. One person was arrested in each shooting and other suspects were wanted in both cases.
The shootings took place across the Milwaukee River from the Fiserv Forum, where the game was played, and Deer District Square, where a crowd of around 65,000 gathered for an evening of surveillance outside. The area where the shootings took place is on a street with a lot of bars and restaurants.
During Tuesday night’s game, a police officer was trampled by people trying to enter the Deer District Watch Team after the area reached maximum capacity, Milwaukee Police Captain Jesús said. Ortiz in an email. The officer suffered no serious injuries but was in pain, Ortiz said.
Three people were injured in the two shootings: a 22-year-old man, a 32-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman. Police said they arrested two men, aged 18 and 25, both from Milwaukee, and were looking for other suspects.
The two shots, which occurred in the immediate area of the celebrations, are likely what was heard on television coverage, Ortiz said.
The celebrations came after Giannis Antetokounmpo capped one of the NBA’s greatest Finals with 50 points as Milwaukee defeated the Phoenix Suns 105-98 to win the series 4-2.
Fans who filled the streets surrounding the arena cheered and danced the night away as they watched the game on giant video screens, and the massive crowd erupted in jubilation at the end of the game. A few fans climbed on lampposts in the plaza and others jumped from a bridge into the nearby river as fireworks exploded over the arena.
Joy Smith, 50, of Milwaukee, danced after the final buzzer. “Milwaukee is underrated, but we’ve proven to the world that we can do it,” she told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Another fan, Sabrina Holland, 37, of Milwaukee, called it “epic.” She said, “Everyone who is anyone is here.”
Prior to the game, and at the request of the city, Governor Tony Evers mobilized 150 National Guard members to assist with traffic control and public safety in Milwaukee.