MILWAUKEE – Two shootings in downtown Milwaukee early Wednesday as crowds celebrated the Milwaukee Bucks’ first NBA championship in 50 years left three people injured, police said.
The events both happened around 12:42 p.m., in two places near Water Street, police said in a statement. Television station WISN had a reporter broadcasting from the scene when several shots were heard, causing people to flee.
The shots were over the Milwaukee River from Fiserv Forum, where the game was played, and Deer District Square, where a crowd of approx. 65,000 had gathered for an outdoor watch party. The area where the shooting took place is located on a street that is heavily populated with bars and restaurants.
During Tuesday’s fight, a police officer was trampled by people trying to enter the Deer District Surveillance Party after the area reached capacity, Milwaukee Police Captain Jesús Ortiz said in an email. The officer sustained no major injuries but reported that he was in general pain, Ortiz said.
After one of the shootings, a 22-year-old man had non-life-threatening injuries, police said, and a suspect was in custody.
In the second shooting, which police said happened at the same time, a 19-year-old woman and a 32-year-old man had non-life-threatening injuries. One person was in custody and other suspects were searched, police said.
The two shootings that were in close proximity to the festivities were likely what was heard during TV coverage, Ortiz said.
The celebration came after Giannis Antetokounmpo topped one of the biggest NBA Finals ever by 50 points as Milwaukee beat the Phoenix Suns 105-98 to win the series 4-2.