Five separate shootings occurred Friday night in Milwaukee, killing three people and wounding 24 in a city with a population of less than 600,000.
Two incidents took place near the Fisher Forum, where the Bucks hosted the Celtics in an NBA playoff game.
Seventeen people were injured during a frantic shootout after the game in Milwaukee’s Water Street bar district, which is a few blocks east of the arena.
According to Milwaukee police, ten people were taken into custody and nine guns were confiscated. Fox 6 Milwaukee reported that the victims are between the ages of 15 and 47 and that all are expected to survive.
The incident happened two hours after another incident in which three people were shot during the final minutes of the game, also near the Fischer Forum.
Videos from the earlier incident showed panicked people screaming and running to save their lives.
Witness Brittany Bergstrom told Fox 6, “Everybody started running.”
The night of violence comes amid an ongoing crisis of shootings across the country, and soft policies on crime that have sparked outrage. Milwaukee has seen a 40% jump in homicides since the start of the year.
The Deer District has been “battered” by gun violence, including two murders this year, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
“Shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone,” frequent critic @brianmcgowan44 posted on twitter, “Milwaukee is a hell hole for violent criminals and a revolving court system for weak mayors.”
Democrat Cavalier Johnson, 35, won a special election last month to become mayor.