At least 20 people injured in two downtown Milwaukee shootings after Bucks playoff game

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MILWAUKEE — Nearly two dozen people were injured in two shootings late Friday in Milwaukee’s downtown bar district after the Milwaukee Bucks playoff game, which drew thousands of people to the Deer District.

Seventeen people were injured in a shooting shortly after 11 p.m. Friday just two hours after and blocks away from an earlier shooting that wounded three people, including a 16-year-old girl.

In the earlier shooting, police arrested a 19-year-old man and said two other men, ages 29 and 26, were wounded. It’s unclear if the two shootings are related.

All the victims, ranging in age from 15 to 47,  are expected to survive, according to Milwaukee police.

Ten people are in custody, nine guns were recovered, according to a brief news release from Milwaukee police sent early Saturday.

Authorities have not released further information about the victims, the ages of the suspects and what they believe led up to the shooting. 

The gunshots sent hundreds of fans running through the Deer District, where 11,000 people had gathered to watch Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series between the Bucks and Boston Celtics.  

Bill Reinemann, a parking attendant at lot adjacent to Deer District, told the Associated Press he remained at his post as scores of fearful Bucks fans ran past him

“It sounded like six to eight gunshots,” he said. “It was close.”

There was no immediate indication whether the two shootings were related or involved fans who were watching the game. Bucks spokesman Barry Baum directed questions to the Milwaukee Police Department.

Witnesses told WTMJ-TV that they saw a fight outside a bar following the basketball game.

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Contributing: The Associated Press

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