Despite three separate incidents involving firearms on the streets of Milwaukee on Friday night, Bucks fans will once again be able to gather in the streets on Sunday to cheer on their favorites, who will be in Boston in the ultimate game of their series against the Boston Celtics.
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Following Wisconsin's 108-95 loss to tie the series, gunshots were heard just outside the "Deer District", an entertainment district on the outskirts of Fiserv Forum. Moments later, a second firearm incident occurred nearby. Eventually, a shootout reportedly broke out between two groups.
Three people were injured in the first event, one in the second and 17 in the third, but no one reportedly sustained life-threatening injuries. Moreover, 10 people were intercepted by the police and nine firearms were seized.
"What makes people believe that they can have a shooting on a public street or even in an entertainment district, regardless of whether the police are present or not?" Mentioned the assistant to the chief of police, Nicole Waldner, whose remarks were taken up by the ESPN network.
“We cannot have this kind of event in our city, or anywhere else in our state, or anywhere else in our country,” added Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson.
Despite everything, Johnson does not intend to prevent Bucks fans from meeting again in the “Deer District” to watch the seventh game, they who were 11,000 in the sixth game, the maximum capacity. However, he imposed a curfew that will be in place throughout the weekend, at 11 p.m., for people aged 20 and under, in addition to increasing the police presence.
The Bucks and Celtics will try to join the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday at TD Garden. The Milwaukee formation is also trying to defend its title of NBA champions acquired in 2021.