Wisconsin shooting leaves 8 injured

Wisconsin shooting leaves 8 injured

 

Eight people were injured in a shooting at the Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, on Friday, authorities said.

 

Seven adults and one teenager were taken to the hospital with injuries; Wauwatosa Chief of Police Barry Weber said in a statement.

 

The extent of their injuries is unknown, he said.

The suspect, described as a White male in his 20s or 30s; fled the scene before officers arrived at the Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa.

 

Police Chief Barry Weber said they were working to determine the suspect’s identity.

 

The shooting occurred around 2:50 p.m. Friday; prompting a large police presence of about 75 officers at the scene.

 

The Milwaukee division of the FBI said it was assisting local law enforcement.

 

Hours after the shooting, Wauwatosa police said a preliminary investigation led investigators to believe that the shooting “was not a random act;  and was the result of an altercation.” They did not provide more details.

 

 

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Earlier Friday, Mayor Dennis McBride said the shooter remained at large; and that none of the victims’ injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

 

McBride called the shooting an “active shooter” incident.

 

The Mayfair Mall released a statement on the shooting: “We are disheartened and angered that our guests; and tenants were subject to this violent incident today. We are thankful for our partners at the Wauwatosa Police Department; and we are cooperating with them as their investigation develops.”

 

Several witnesses said they heard gunshots ring out inside the shopping center.

 

 

According to a witness: “We’ve all been exposed to public shootings like this. I think all of us have thought of what we would do in a situation like this.” Steve Humphrey said his eldest daughter was inside as the shooting unfolded.

 

I told her to just get low and wait; and hide till I get there;” Humphrey told the station as police swept the area.

 

He said his daughter was still inside the building speaking with officers. “She’s just a college kid trying to work and make a dollar.”

 

The FBI’s Milwaukee office also said it was responding to assist local law enforcement personnel.

Preliminary statements from witnesses indicate that the shooter is a white male in his 20s or 30s.

 

 

 

 

 

Source: CBSNEWS

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