May 14, 2022

USA: 17 people Injured In Mass Shooting. Police Arrested 10 People And Recovered 10 Guns. Another Shooting When Bucks Game Ended And Elsewhere. 21 People Shot In 2 Hours Friday Night.

TMJ4 News published May 14, 2022: 17 people were shot on Water St. in downtown Milwaukee Friday night, according to Milwaukee Police.
FOX6 News Milwaukee published May 14, 2022: Witnesses detail shooting near Deer District. After a shooting just outside the Deer District following Friday's Milwaukee Bucks playoff game, witnesses described to FOX6 News what they saw unfold.
TMJ4 News published May 14, 2022: Deer District watch party for Game 7 canceled. According to the Deer District website, the watch party for game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals has been canceled.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
written by Steven Martinez
Saturday May 14, 2022

At least 21 people were shot and injured Friday night in downtown Milwaukee in multiple shootings following the Milwaukee Bucks playoff game.

Police have several suspects in custody. All the victims survived. Mayor Cavalier Johnson imposed a curfew on the downtown entertainment district that will last through Sunday night, May 15.

Here's what we know so far about what happened. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Where did the shootings happen?

At least three separate shootings occurred, hours apart, near the Deer District. The first happened around 9:12 p.m. in the 1100 block of North MLK Drive, just outside the District. At least three people, including a 16-year-old girl, were injured in that shooting.

A mass shooting happened about two hours later east of the District on Water Street at or near Highland Avenue. At least 17 people were injured in that shooting.

There was a third shooting around 10:30 p.m. at or near the same location as the mass shooting. Police said it did not appear it was related to the mass shooting. A 20-year-old man was injured in that shooting.

Who was involved in the shootings?

Police have arrested 11 people in connection with the shootings. None of the suspects have been identified. Police Saturday afternoon released a list of those arrests. They included a 20-year-old man, a 21-year-old man, a 28-year-old man, a 29-year-old man and a 30-year-old man all of whom were wounded in the shootings and subsequently arrested.

There were six additional arrests of a 19-year-old man, three 20-year-old men, a 23-year-old man and a 24-year-old man. Police did not release any additional information about the suspects.

How many people were injured?

At least 21 people were injured, police said; five of those injured were armed and taken into custody. The extent of those injuries is unknown but all of the victims survived. Around 11,000 people had gathered in the Deer District to watch Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series between the Bucks and Boston Celtics.

How many shots were fired?

It's unclear how many shots were fired but police said they recovered at least 10 guns.

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Have there been other shootings in or around the Deer District? Yes. Last month, Shannon Freeman, a 30-year-old father and beloved chef, was shot and killed at The Loaded Slate bar. The Loaded Slate is about a block east of the District.

Last summer, more than a dozen shots were fired near Water Street and Juneau Avenue, also near the District, in the midst of the Bucks championship celebration.

In February, Krystal N. Tucker, 31, was killed and two others injured in a shooting at the popular Brownstone Social Lounge, where Tucker worked. The bar isn't in the immediate vicinity of the Deer District, but is a part of the downtown nightlife scene.

I heard about a curfew. What do I need to know about that? Mayor Cavalier Johnson imposed a curfew in the downtown entertainment district for Saturday and Sunday nights, May 14-15.

The curfew will run from 11 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. both nights for people under 21 years old. The curfew area will include parts of downtown bordered by Knapp and State streets, Vel Phillips Avenue and Broadway. The fine for violating curfew is $691, police said.

Will there be a Deer District watch party for Game 7 of the series between the Bucks and Celtics? No. The Bucks announced Saturday afternoon the scheduled watch party had been cancelled. The game is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.

How is the community responding following the shootings?

A group of activists and violence prevention officials held an event at the Deer District around 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

The event was led by local activist Vaun Mayes and was broadcasted live on his Facebook page.

“There are far more good people in our city, doing amazing things, than there are doing the harmful, destructive things that we saw yesterday,” said Arnitta Holliman, director of the Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention.

Mayes said: “Our city, I continue to say this every time I speak, we are not in a good place. I believe that we truly need to work together. We wanna bring people together, people who have been affected by violence, people who work in violence prevention, people who, you know, have been victims to it, people who have been traumatized."

“This ain’t a political issue, politics is killing our city, I don’t care what we disagree on, what we should agree on is life. And, supporting our families and our communities, to see a better Milwaukee,” he added.

Bria Grant spoke on behalf of Milwaukee Crime Stoppers, a nonprofit organization that offers anonymity for community tips regarding crimes in Milwaukee.

“This is not something that we want to have happen in our community, we need to hold people accountable … it’s a systematic issue. And so, we need everybody, everybody to help shift the culture, and this is a heavy lift,” she said.

“It is not snitching, this is a culture that we need to shift, this is about being a responsible neighbor, a responsible citizen, a responsible taxpayer, however you see yourself.”

Pat Connaughton sends message with his T-shirt as Bucks board plane for Boston Milwaukee Bucks guard Pat Connaughton was seen wearing a message of activism while boarding the team plane headed to Boston for Game 7 of the team's Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series with the Celtics.

Connaughton had the message "PROTECT KIDS NOT GUNS" on his shirt.

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