Bucks watch party for Game 7 has been canceled in wake of Friday night shootings

Bucks watch party for Game 7 has been canceled in wake of Friday night shootings

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There will be no Deer District celebration for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Following a series of shootings Friday night after the Bucks lost to Boston to force a Game 7 on Sunday afternoon, the Bucks elected to cancel the watch party on the plaza in front of Fiserv Forum. The Deer District reached capacity of 11,000 fans for Game 6, but many were sent scrambling when gunshots sounded just after the game. 

Three people (including a teenage girl) were shot in the area around Fiserv Forum, at Martin Luther King Drive and Highland Avenue, roughly a block away from the Deer District. A 19-year-old has been arrested in connection with that shooting.

The other incidents took place nearby on Water Street near Highland Avenue.

“In order to allow law enforcement to devote needed resources to the continued investigation of last night’s events, we have decided to cancel tomorrow’s planned watch party on the plaza,” the Bucks said in a statement. “Deer District businesses will remain open as usual. We continue to work with the Milwaukee Police Department and other public safety partners to provide a safe and welcoming environment for our fans. We plan to have further details soon.”

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At least 21 people were shot Friday night in three separate shootings, including five who were armed and taken into custody.

“We are grateful to local law enforcement for its valiant efforts to try to contain what was a dangerous and fluid situation,” the Bucks said. “While these incidents took place outside of Deer District property, it clearly resonated with fans coming out of the arena and leaving the plaza. Security, health and welfare are always our top priorities for our guests and employees and we appreciate the hard work of our security team to keep our fans safe.”

Police have 11 suspects in custody, and all victims are expected to survive. Mayor Cavalier Johnson imposed a curfew for parts of downtown both Saturday and Sunday, going into effect at 11 p.m.

JR Radcliffe can be reached at (262) 361-9141 or jradcliffe@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JRRadcliffe.

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