UPDATE: The mass shooting that injured at least eight people at Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, was the result of an altercation and not a random act, police said late Friday evening.
The only description of the suspected gunman released by law enforcement officials is that it is a white male in his 2o’s or 30’s.
November 20, 2020 Police in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin responded to calls of an active shooter at Mayfair Mall on Friday afternoon. At least 8 people were injured in the shooting, including a teen. The shooter remains at large.
None of the victims’ injuries appear to be life-threatening and they are being transported to area hospitals, Wauwatosa Mayor Dennis McBride told ABC News.
The Milwaukee Sentinel reports that a hospital spokeswoman said Froedtert Hospital and Children’s Wisconsin were notified of a shooting at Mayfair mall shortly after 3 p.m. and both hospitals’ trauma teams were prepared to receive patients.
Witnesses told local news outlets that friends and family still inside the shopping mall were instructed to shelter in place.
The Milwaukee division of the FBI said it was responding to the scene to support local law enforcement.
There have been two other recent shootings at Mayfair Mall including one last month believed to be drug related. In February, a Wauwatosa Police Officer shot and killed a 17-year-old outside the Cheesecake Factory.
Mayfair Mall is located on Mayfair Road between North Avenue and Center Street in Wauwatosa a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Mayfair Mall owner Brookfield Properties said in a statement they were “disheartened and angered that our guests and tenants were subject to this violent incident today.”
The Mayfair shopping mall has been the scene of several protests since February, when a Wauwatosa Police officer, Joseph Mensah, shot and killed Alvin Cole, a Black 17-year-old after he fled from police following a disturbance inside the mall. Earlier this week, Mensah resigned from the department.