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Wauwatosa Mayor Dennis McBride said that the suspects are at large after the shooting at Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa, a Milwaukee suburb of about 47,000 people about seven miles northwest of Milwaukee. McBride said that around 75 police officers were on the scene after the shooting.
Live TV shots from local station WISN12 showed dozens of police vehicles outside a Macy’s department store, where the incident occurred around 2:50 p.m.
“Through the WPD’s Public Information Officer, more information will be released as if becomes available and is confirmed … It will take time to provide additional, and perhaps, more accurate information, but information will be provided as it becomes available,” McBride said.
At least five people were taken away from the mall on stretchers, two of whom appeared to be conscious and were sitting upright, WISN12 reported. Witnesses told the station that there were eight to 12 gunshots.
Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber gave no motive for the attack in a brief update about three hours after the incident. He said the extent of injuries to the eight—seven adults and one teenager—was unknown, but all were alive. He added that the shooter was “no longer at the scene” when authorities arrived.
“Preliminary statements from witnesses indicate that the shooter is a white male in his 20s or 30s,” Weber told reporters. “Investigators are working on determining the identity of that suspect.”
“The mall is currently closed. Please use alternate routes to get through the area. For the most accurate information, follow our official social media on Facebook and Twitter,” the announcement read.
The mall would remain closed until further notice.
The same mall in February saw another shooting where a city police officer, Joseph Mensah, shot and killed 17-year-old Alvin Cole. Mensah said he shot Cole because Cole pointed a gun at him. Sporadic protests broke out at the mall several months following the incident.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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