Eight people were injured in an active shooting accident in a Wisconsin shopping center; Officials say the shooter remains at large. On Friday evening, Wauwatosa police said that the search for the suspect was continuing, and that the shooting was not a random act, but was the result of an argument.
Officials said Mayfair Mall would be closed
Eight victims, including a teenager, were injured, but none of their injuries appeared to be life-threatening when they were taken for treatment, although police say the extent of their injuries is currently unknown.
Wauwatosa police said senders received their first 911 shooting calls at the mall near Macy’s entrance at around 2:50 p.m. When the emergency personnel arrived, the shooter was no longer at the scene.
Officials said in a press conference held on Friday evening that the identity of the shooter was still unknown. Wauatosa Police Chief Barry Weber said the shooter was described as a white man in his 20s or 30s.
Michael Schore said of how many people are still in the mall, with pedestrians still hiding inside. Weber emphasized that people were still inside; He didn’t have an accurate total, but he said it was a lot.
Police later tweeted out law enforcement officers who continue to clear the mall and help those still inside with safe exit.
At least 75 officers responded initially to the scene. The FBI and ATF’s Milwaukee Field Office responded to the incident as well.
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers tweeted, “Our hearts go out to those who were wounded in the shooting at Mayfair Mall today. Cathy and I think about them and their families and wish them a full and speedy recovery.”
Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Cole also posted on Twitter:
“It’s horrific for another community in Wisconsin to suffer after a mass shooting. I wish the victims a full recovery, as I think about them and their families. Thanks to the first responders who responded and the officers working on the investigation at Mayfair Mall.”
The owner of Brookfield Properties said in a statement that he is “frustrated and outraged that our guests and tenants experienced this violent incident today”.
Macy’s presented this statement to NewsNation:
“We are saddened by the incident that happened tonight at Mayfair Mall, as the safety of Macy’s clients and employees is our top priority. We are working closely with the Wawatosa Police Department and local officials on this investigation and defer all comments on the issue to the local authorities in accordance with the policy.
Mayfair Mall was a shooting site in February in which city police officer Joseph Mansah shot and killed Alvin Cole, a 17-year-old black. Police said Cole was fleeing the police; Mensah, who is also Black, said that he shot Cole because Cole aimed his gun at him. The mall was the target of sporadic protests over several months in the aftermath of the shooting.
The Milwaukee County Attorney refused to press charges against Mansah, but this week the city agreed to a severance agreement under which at least $ 130,000 would be paid to Mansah to leave the force.