Milwaukee plunged into chaos Tuesday night as shots rang out in the streets and two officers were injured during celebrations to mark the Bucks’ first NBA title in 50 years.
Bucks fans were sent on the run from North Water Street in the Deer District, in downtown Milwaukee, just before 12:45 a.m. Wednesday morning when shots were fired. WISN.
Police rushed to the scene and taped the area with crime tape. It is not clear if anyone was injured.
More than 65,000 Bucks fans gathered in the city streets Tuesday night, climbing light poles and sending metal police barricades that surf en masse over the thousands of people during the celebrations.
The massive street party comes despite the seven-day rolling average COVID-19 cases rising 160 percent in Wisconsin in the past two weeks alone and the Delta variant continues to spread across the US.
Milwaukee plunged into chaos Tuesday night as shots rang out in the streets and two officers were injured during celebrations to mark the Bucks’ first NBA title in 50 years. Imagine the crowd that gathered in the street?
Although less than 50 percent of Milwaukee’s residents have been vaccinated, there was barely a mask in sight as thousands poured into the city Tuesday night.
Fans celebrate as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns in Game Six of the NBA Finals to win the championship
Although less than 50 percent of Milwaukee’s residents have been vaccinated, there was barely a mask in sight as thousands flocked into the city Tuesday night.
Fans gathered downtown to crowd surf and ‘Bucks in 6! Bucks in 6!’.
Two officers were injured as the party continued late into the night.
It was not clear how serious the injuries were or how they were caused, but more officers were called to the North 6th Street and West Highland Avenue area, the outlet reported.
Prior to the game, a total of 150 National Guard troops had been deployed to assist local law enforcement, while some people from even Texas traveled in hopes of being a part of the historic victory.
Earlier in the evening, as the Bucks took home the trophy, several fans jumped into the Milwaukee River to celebrate the win.
The Bucks announced Monday afternoon that the space in the Deer District would be expanded to welcome more fans to watch the NBS Finals on several large outdoor screens.
Fans celebrate outside Fiserv Forum as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns defeat
Fans gathered downtown to crowd surf and ‘Bucks in 6! Bucks in 6!’
Thousands of fans cheer after the Milwaukee Bucks defeat the Phoenix Suns in Game 6 of the NBA Basketball Finals
Thousands are crammed together with barely a mask in sight, despite Milwaukee’s low COVID-19 vaccination rate and increasing cases
The Bucks had announced Monday afternoon that the Deer District space would be expanded to welcome more fans to watch the NBS Finals on several large outdoor screens.
As night fell, the party continued with thousands of maskless revelers celebrating
“We have the best problem we’ve ever had — we need to increase the footprint,” Bucks president Peter Feigin said.
“We’re going to move the televisions. We learn about space and how we can accommodate more people.’
This came after the Deer District reached the capacity of 25,500 fans for Saturday night’s game.
A fan told Dan Dent: NBC15 he didn’t want to miss Tuesday’s game, which was the first game the Bucks played for the NBA championship title since 1971.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime event, obviously it’s been 50 years since the Bucks have been here. I want to be part of history,” Dent said.
Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks to victory by 50 points on Tuesday night in a 105-98 Game 6 win over the Phoenix Suns.
This made the Bucks the fifth team to win the NBA Finals after trailing 2-0.
Antetokounmpo was also awarded the NBA Finals MVP trophy after scoring 14 rebounds and five blocked shots to win the series 4-2.
Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks to victory by 50 points on Tuesday night in a 105-98 Game 6 win over the Phoenix Suns
Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks Celebrates Winning the Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP Award
More than 65,000 Bucks fans gathered on the city streets Tuesday night, climbing light poles and sending metal police barricades that surf en masse over the thousands of people amid the celebrations.
The massive street party comes despite the seven-day rolling average COVID-19 cases that are up 160 percent in the past two weeks in Wisconsin alone
It was the third game of this series with at least 40 points and 10 rebounds for Antetokounmpo.
City officials had expanded the outdoor space outside the Fiserv Forum arena to accommodate a crowd of 65,000 fans for the game.
This cane on top of the more than 18,000 tickets fans who have packed themselves into the arena.
The decision to welcome large crowds to the arena area comes as the Delta variant continues to spread across the US.
Milwaukee has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the nation, leading officials to launch a door-to-door vaccination initiative last week in a race against the clock against the more highly contagious strain.
Health Commissioner Kirsten Johnson said less than 50 percent of residents have been vaccinated with the Bucks and the city is working together to raffle tickets to the finals to people who will be vaccinated before the game.
The Health Department’s vaccination clinic for Game 6 ran from 6pm to 7:45pm prior to the start of the game at 8pm.
Nationally, the Delta variant is now responsible for 83 percent of all new infections.
Just two weeks ago, this figure was about 50 percent of new cases.
The strain’s spread has seen a 224 percent increase nationwide in the past three weeks, with a seven-day moving average of 34,682 cases recorded Monday, up from the average of 10,678.
Nearly every state — except Montana and Iowa — and the District of Columbia have seen infections rise in the past week, according to an analysis of Johns Hopkins data from DailyMail.com.
With the number of cases rising again, US Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier said on Monday renewed the order declaring the COVID-19 pandemic a ‘public health emergency’.
However, the number of deaths is not rising at the same rate as the number of cases, thanks to the rollout of the vaccine.