Milwaukee mayor sets curfew near Water Street, Deer district
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson issued a limited emergency order Saturday for the city's entertainment district, setting a curfew for those under the age of 21.
The curfew applies to anyone in that age group near the Deer District and the Water Street bar district starting at 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
A citation will be issued to those under the age of 21 in the area between 11 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. Police said they will make arrests and fine violators $691.
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The curfew is restricted to the geographical area from Vel R. Phillips Avenue on the west, N. Broadway on the east, W. McKinley Avenue/E. Knapp Street on the north and State Street on the south.
The individuals who are exempt from this order are "individuals who are going to work, government officials, social service workers, and credentialed members of the press acting in their official capacity," a release from Milwaukee police said.
Map of area under limited curfew Saturday night, May 14 and Sunday night, May 15
"What happened here in this neighborhood last night will not be tolerated," said Johnson.
Seventeen people were injured and 10 people were arrested in a shooting that happened shortly after 11 p.m. Friday near Water and Juneau.
Shooting scene near Water and Juneau, Milwaukee
"There was just open carrying of firearms with utter disregard for life," Assistant Police Chief Nicole Waldner said. "A gunfight broke out among two groups of people. What makes people think that they can just have a shootout on a public street?"
Police said nine firearms were recovered in the shooting that left 17 injured. All victims are between the ages of 15 and 47. They are all expected to survive.
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It comes after three people were injured in a shooting near the Deer District around 9:15 p.m. Friday.
"Before someone gets to the point where they have a gun, and they're upset and their tempers go off…you have got to think whether those people should have access to a gun in the first place," the mayor said. "Don't come down here. Don't mess it up for everyone else."
The mayor said there will be more police in place – including officers from other department – to enforce the curfew. A spokesperson for the mayor's office said the National Guard could be deployed by the governor in "extreme circumstances."