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Bucks drop NBA watch party after shootings

Reigning NBA champions Milwaukee have cancelled plans for a watch party for their series-deciding game against the Boston Celtics after three separate shootings in the city’s downtown left 21 people injured.

The shootings occurred on Friday near a Milwaukee entertainment district where thousands of fans had been watching as the Bucks lost to the Celtics in Game Six of the Eastern Conference semi-finals.

The Bucks said the decision to cancel the watch party for Game Seven, which will be played in Boston on Sunday afternoon, was made so law enforcement can devote the necessary resources to the investigation of the shootings.

“The shootings that happened in downtown Milwaukee last night were horrific and we condemn this devastating violence,” the Bucks said in a statement.

“We are grateful to local law enforcement for its valiant efforts to try to contain what was a dangerous and fluid situation.”

The watch party for Sunday’s game likely would have drawn well over 10,000 people. The Bucks said 11,000 attended the Game 6 watch party, even as more than 19,000 others were inside the arena.

In one of the shootings Friday night, 17 people were hurt when two groups started firing at each other. Three people were hurt in another shooting, and one in the third.

Mayor Cavalier Johnson said the city imposed a curfew for the downtown area requiring everyone age 20 or younger to be off the street by 11 pm for Saturday as well as Sunday.

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