WAUWATOSA, Wis. – A shooting on Friday at a shopping center in a suburb of Milwaukee left 8 people injured, although none seriously, police said.
Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber did not reveal any motive for the attack at the Mayfair Mall during a press conference held about three hours after the 2:50 p.m. incident. He said the extent of the injuries to the eight wounded – seven adults and one teenager – was unknown, but they were all alive. He added that the shooter « was no longer at the scene. »
Weber said that based on the statements of the injured, the police were looking for a white male in his 20s or 30s.
Witnesses told WISN-TV that they had heard what they thought was between eight and 12 shots.
WISN reported that at least five people were carried from the site on stretchers and that two of them appeared to be conscious.
Heavily armed FBI agents were deployed to the site.
Brookfield Properties, operator of the mall, said in a statement that it was « disheartened and furious that our guests and tenants were subjected to this violent incident today. »
The Mayfair Mall was the scene in February of an incident in which a police officer, Joseph Mensah, shot and killed Alvin Cole, a 17-year-old black teenager. Authorities said Cole was on the run from police. Mensah, who is also black, said he shot Cole because Cole pointed a gun at him. Following the incident, sporadic protests were held at the site for several months.
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