Man Arrested After Shooting Near Fiserv Forum's 'Deer District' During Celtics-Bucks

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVMay 14, 2022

The Fiserv Forum is seen as the sun sets Tuesday, June 22, 2021, in Milwaukee. Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals between the Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks is scheduled to begin Wednesday, June 23, at the facility. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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Three shootings near Milwaukee's Fiserv Forum, where the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks played Game 6 of their second-round playoff series Friday night, left 21 people with non-life-threatening injuries.

ESPN's Jamal Collier reported the first shooting took place near the Bucks' Deer District close to the end of the NBA game. Three people were injured, and a 19-year-old man was taken into custody.

"The incident took place outside of the Deer District area," Bucks chief communications officer Barry Baum told Collier. "We direct all questions to the Milwaukee Police Department."

Another person was injured in a second shooting, and 17 people were injured a few hours later less than a mile from the arena after the third. Milwaukee Police told ESPN they aren't sure whether the shootings are connected and investigations are underway.

In a statement released Saturday, the Bucks said they've canceled their watch party for Game 7 in the aftermath of the shootings.

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The first shooting occurred late in the fourth quarter as the Celtics wrapped up a 108-95 road win over the Bucks to force a Game 7 in the series.

WISN's Patrick Paolantonio captured the moment people began to run away from the area:

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Milwaukee Police captain Warren Allen told WISN those injured in the initial shooting included a 30-year-old man, 26-year-old woman and 16-year-old girl.

Allen added a gun was recovered from that shooting.

The third shooting led to the arrests of 10 people and the recovery of nine firearms, per Collier. No arrests have been made in the second shooting.

Last July, three people were injured in two shootings near Fiserv Forum as people celebrated the Bucks' triumph in the 2021 NBA Finals for the franchise's first title since 1971.

Game 7 between the Bucks and Celtics is scheduled for Sunday at Boston's TD Garden.