Ten people were arrested in the downtown shooting and 10 firearms were recovered, according to Milwaukee police.
The 17 people shot were between the ages of 15 and 47, police captain Warren Allen said.
All victims of both shootings are expected to survive, he said.
Milwaukee Deputy Police Chief Nicole Waldner said the shootings are being investigated, but at this time are not believed to be linked.
A curfew will be enforced in part of Milwaukee throughout the weekend beginning at 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. An additional law enforcement presence will also be present in the area.
In video captured by someone at the scene of the downtown shooting, multiple gunshots and people screaming can be heard.
“We were waiting for a Lyft, drove through this intersection about three minutes before and knew something was wrong, so we ordered it to pick us up the road,” the person who shot the video told CNN.
“People were in the middle of the street, loud and unpleasant,” he added. “People are yelling at each other back and forth.”
In the shooting near the arena, two men, 26 and 29, and a 16-year-old girl were injured, according to Allen.
“A 19-year-old male has been arrested in connection with this incident,” Allen said. “Charges are pending review by the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office.”
That incident happened around 9:12 p.m. near the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and Highland Avenue, about a block from the Bucks’ field at Fiserv Forum.
Police did not release the names of those involved or a possible motive.
Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson announced the curfew, in effect for everyone under 21 — with some exemptions — in the city’s entertainment district. Those who violate the curfew will be arrested and fined $691, according to police.
“To put it simply, if you intend to loiter, if you intend to act, to cut, if you intend to do anything illegal, then my message is simple: don’t come here,” Johnson said on Saturday. “Don’t come down here, don’t ruin it for everyone.
“To those who were injured last night, I hope for a speedy and speedy recovery,” he added. “You came to have fun, to have a good time in our city, and people should be able to do that downtown or anywhere else in Milwaukee.”
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Between the two shootings, another shooting occurred at 10:30 p.m. in which one person was injured, Waldner said during a Saturday press briefing. That shooting was also considered unrelated to the other shootings, she said.
The downtown shooting in which 17 people were shot took place at 11:09 p.m. Five of the injured were armed and taken into custody, Waldner said.
Waldner said at least two people exchanged gunfire “despite the incredible police presence downtown.”
“District 1 officers reported hearing bullets whizzing past their heads while they were there,” Waldner said.
A total of 10 people were arrested in the third shooting and 10 weapons were recovered.
“I think it goes beyond respecting law enforcement, I think it goes in the direction of respecting human life,” Waldner said. “I mean, whether the police were there or not, what makes people think they can just have a shooting on a public street in our entertainment district?”
The Bucks lost to the Boston Celtics on Friday night — 108-95 — forcing Game 7 on Sunday to determine who will face the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The team has canceled a watch party scheduled for Sunday evening.
“The shootings that occurred in downtown Milwaukee last night were horrific and we condemn this devastating violence,” the Bucks said in a statement Saturday.
“We are grateful to local law enforcement for their valiant efforts to try to contain what was a dangerous and fluid situation. Although these incidents occurred outside of Deer District property, it clearly resonated with fans exiting the arena and leaving the square. Safety, health and well-being are always our top priorities for our customers and employees and we appreciate the hard work of our security team to ensure safety of our fans.”
There are no other Bucks home games scheduled unless they win and advance to the NBA Finals.
CNN’s Homero De la Fuente, Lechelle Benken and Sara Smart contributed to this report.
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