Massive manhunt still underway for suspect after mall shooting that left eight people injured in ‘gun-free zone’

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WAUWATOSA, WI – A shooting inside of a Wisconsin mall on November 20th reportedly injured eight people, but no fatalities have been reported. 

With the suspect still at-large, authorities haven’t detailed much other than the preliminary details of the aftermath and a physical description of the suspect. 

However, officials did note that this shooting wasn’t a “random act” of indiscriminate violence, but something that seems to have stemmed from “an altercation”.

Here is what we know so far. 

Wauwatosa Police say the shooting incident occurred just before 3:00 p.m. on November 20th at the Mayfair Mall. Authorities were said to have received several 911 calls around said time about the shooting. 

Yet, the suspect has yet to have been apprehended or even identified at this point.

A statement from the Wauwatosa Police Department noted the following about the ongoing investigation: 

“Investigators are working tirelessly to identify and apprehend the suspect from [the Nov. 20th] shooting at Mayfair Mall.”

Chief Barry Weber from the department hasn’t afforded much of a motive in the case specifically. Reports say that eight people were injured, with a teenage victim among those hurt during the shooting. 

A physical description of the suspect afforded by Chief Weber was as follows: 

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

In a statement released by Mayor Dennis McBride, police sources have informed him that the only inclination of a motive divulged was that some sort of altercation transpired between the suspect and a person or persons: 

“Preliminary investigation by the Wauwatosa Police Department (WPD) indicates that the shooting was the result of an altercation and not a random act. WPD investigators, with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, are continuing to interview victims and witnesses to identify and apprehend the suspect.”

According to Mayor McBride, “Mayfair has a strict no-gun policy,” and noted that “if the shooter had complied” with the policy, then the incident wouldn’t have happened. 

Obviously, it seems as though policies of said nature aren’t exactly the greatest deterrent for those that wantonly flout them. 

Mall employees that were present at the time of the shooting described the incident that occurred. Chris Riley, one of the business owners from the Mayfair Mall, said he’d heard roughly 14 or 15 gunshots ring out: 

“Upon hearing the shots, I had my four-year-old in the store, I put her, I locked her in there. I made my way out of there. There was a crowd of people just running out. I tried to bring as many of them as I can, to bring them into my store for cover. And within the next 5 to 10 minutes there was police coming in.”

One unnamed witness said the gunfire had initially broken out inside of the Macy’s store in the mall, and then progressed from there: 

“A guy apparently walked into Macy’s and just started opening fire on people, and as he walked out into the mall area, he started shooting at everybody.”

Jill Wooley, who was shopping inside of the mall at the time when the shooting started, noted how she and her mother sought cover once the gunfire broke out: 

“We made it to a safe place… right around the corner from where we were standing there was a stairwell, like an employee stairwell, and we just went straight down as far as we could go. I had my mom hide in the corner, and I looked around for where we could go next if we needed to.”

This is an ongoing investigation. 

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Here’s our previous report from November 20th as the active shooter situation was unfolding at the Mayfair Mall. 

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WAUWATOSA, WI – Police report that multiple people have been shot at a local mall in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin on November 20th.  Thankfully, none of the people shot during the ‘active shooter’ event appear to be life-threatening – but the shooter is on the run.

Wauwatosa Police responded to the Mayfair Mall in regards to an active shooter event where multiple people had been shot.  The Wauwatosa Mayor’s Office reported:

“It will take time to provide additional, and perhaps, more accurate information, but information will be provided as it becomes available.” 

The FBI’s office in Milwaukee said that they are responding to the scene as well to assist local law enforcement.  In the meantime, roughly 75 officers are on scene and working to investigate the incident. 

A woman, who was inside the store when the shooting started, Jill Wooley, reported:

“The very first shot, my immediate thought was it sounded like one of the floor fixtures in Macy’s hit the floor.  But in that same second, I knew right away it was a gunshot and they just kept coming right after the other.

“I think we’re all born with it…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.”

The Mayor of Wauwatosa, Dennis McBride, advised that witnesses of the shooting reported that there were at least eight to twelve different gunshots from the active shooter.  McBride advised that the shooter, at this point, still remains at large.  He said:

“The Wauwatosa Police Department is currently involved in an active shooter incident a Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa.  Through WPD’s Public Information Officer, more information will be released as it becomes available and is confirmed.

“Multiple injured victims have and are being transported from the north end of the Macy’s Department store.  None of the victims’ injuries appear to be life threatening. 

The perpetrator is “at-large” at this time and no suspect description has been provided by the investigating authorities as of yet.

“There are approximately 75 police officers on scene at this time.  It will take time to provide additional, and perhaps, more accurate information, but information will be provided as it becomes available.”

The Wauwatosa Police Department tweeted:

“Police are actively investigating an incident at Mayfair Mall.  The mall is currently closed.  Please use alternate routes to get through the area.”

WISN reported that there were at least five different people who were transported from the scene on stretchers, two of them appeared to be in good condition. 

At this time, it is unclear if those five people transported had been shot or in some different type of medical crisis.

The company who owns the mall, Brookfield Properties, said that they were “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.”

Unfortunately, this is not the first reported shooting for this specific mall this year.  In February, Police Officer Joseph Mensah shot and killed Alvin Cole who was 17 years old.  Mensah alleged that he opened fire after Cole had pointed a firearm at him. 

As a result, the mall was the site of several protests for several months after the fatal police involved shooting.  The Milwaukee County District Attorney declined to indict Mensah for the shooting, however, the they city paid him to leave the police department. 

The Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor, Mandela Barnes, said:

“Our community has been through so much.  As we await the details, always remember that we deserve more than thoughts and prayers.”

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