Shooting reported near Deer District in Milwaukee following Bucks game
MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - People were sent fleeing from a reportedly overcrowded Deer District that was jammed packed for the Bucks’ Game 6 matchup against the Boston Celtics as gun shots rang out just as people started leaving.
WITI-TV reported fights started breaking out as people pushed toward the exits as the game wound down. The shots were fired near Highland and M.L.K. Jr. Drive right around the time the game ended.
“We walked out of the Punch Bowl (Social) and everybody started running,” Brittany Bergstrom told the Milwaukee station. “There was a stampede, people running over the shrubs, hats shoes on the ground, drinks spilled everywhere.”
Security is present in the Deer District for Bucks games. However, after the area reached capacity more people climbed over gates to get in and “[p]resumably, none of those people went through metal detector,” the Fox-affiliate noted.
According to a report from NBC affiliate TMJ4, a police spokesperson stated that three people were shot and one person was in custody. The shooting occurred at Highland and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive as the game was ending.
Eleven-thousand people were allowed in Deer District Friday night for the Bucks Watch Party.
TMJ4 reported that fans were reportedly running for cover and witnesses said they heard gunshots. One woman told a reporter that she had recently been shot while in Racine and took off sprinting, jumping over people when she heard the gunshots in Deer District.
One TMJ4 reporter observed a man from the ground behind helped into an ambulance.
At least one fight broke out in Deer District because of people pushing and shoving to get out of the area after the sound of gunshots, another reporter wrote.
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