3 People Wounded In 2 Shootings in Milwaukee as Fans Celebrate Bucks Championship Win

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVJuly 21, 2021

Fans watch a television coverage of the Milwaukee Bucks and the Phoenix Suns playing in Game 6 of the NBA basketball finals Tuesday, July 20, 2021, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won the championship. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps

Milwaukee Police said three people suffered non-life-threatening injuries in two simultaneous shootings as Milwaukee Bucks fans celebrated their team clinching the 2021 NBA championship Tuesday night.

The Associated Press reported Wednesday that the shootings, which could be heard on local television coverage of the large crowds outside Fiserv Forum, led to the arrest of two people, with others still being sought by police.

A 22-year-old man was injured in one of the shootings, while a 32-year-old man and 19-year-old woman were injured in the other.

Milwaukee Police captain Jesus Ortiz told the AP one of the department's officers was hurt after being "trampled" by people who tried to enter the Bucks' Deer District watch party after it was closed off because of capacity restrictions. The officer reported general pain but no major injuries.

The area where the shootings took place is "heavily populated with bars and restaurants," according to the AP.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers authorized the city's request for 150 National Guard members to help with crowd control throughout Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

The Bucks scored a 105-98 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night to win the series 4-2 and secure the franchise's first championship since 1971.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was named the series MVP, scored 50 points in the clinching game.

"For the city, I'm sure it means everything," Bucks forward Khris Middleton told reporters. "They've seen the work that we put in over the years for them to get to this point."

Milwaukee is scheduled to host a championship parade for the Bucks on Thursday.