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MILWAUKEE, WI – Downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin was shaken by a mass shooting late Friday evening after fans left a nearby NBA playoff game that left 17 wounded and 10 arrested, according to the Milwaukee Police Department.
The shooting took place at approximately 11 p.m. several blocks away from the Fiserv Forum where the Wisconsin Bucks had just put in a losing effort against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series.
According to authorities, the shooting resulted in the wounding of 17 people, ranging in age from 15 to 47; none of the injuries are said to be life-threatening.
10 individuals were arrested in connection with the incident, officials say, along with nine guns being recovered at the scene.
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The mass shooting wasn’t the only violent incident to take place that evening in Milwaukee; police at a Saturday news conference reported that earlier Friday evening – at approximately 9 p.m. – three people were hurt in a separate shooting that resulted in one arrest and the recovery of one firearm.
Then, at about 10:30 p.m., another shooting resulted in one injured victim; no arrests have been made in connection with that incident, cops say, who do not believe that any of the shootings are connected to one another.
Due to the massive uptick in gun violence on Friday, Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson declared a state of emergency and issued a curfew for the entire city, starting at 11 p.m. on Saturday, for anyone under the age of 21; the curfew ended Sunday at 5:30 a.m.
A second curfew went into effect Sunday at 11 p.m., and ended Monday at 5:30 a.m. Those in violation faced potential arrest and a $691 fine.
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and his wife issued a tweet in response to the violence, noting that they were “heartbroken” over the “senseless tragedy.”
“Kathy and I are heartbroken by last night’s horrific acts of gun violence in Milwaukee,” he said. “We are thinking of all the people who were injured and are praying for their full recovery, and we are thinking of the many people affected by this senseless tragedy.”
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