"Several people shot dead in a Wisconsin mall" sparked a large police reaction
- A shooter opened fire in Wauwatosa Mayfair Mall around 3 p.m. on Friday
- The mall is about seven miles outside of Milwaukee
- It is unclear how many people were injured in the shooting
- Early reports say three teenagers are among the shooters
- Ten ambulances have been called on site and the mall is locked
- The suspect remains at large, and SWAT teams are currently circling the mall
- Dennis McBride, Mayor of Wauwatosa, said the injuries were not life threatening
Several people were shot dead in a mall in Wisconsin.
Local reports said a gunman opened fire on Friday afternoon in the Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa, seven miles west of Milwaukee, and injured several people.
Dennis McBride, the mayor of Wauwatosa, said none of the injured had life-threatening injuries.
The archer is still at large, he said.
At around 3 p.m., 75 police officers and at least 10 ambulances were called on-site, and a reporter from TMJ4 said three ambulances had left the scene.
The mall and a nearby school are currently locked.
According to unconfirmed reports from traffic with police scanners, at least three young people were among the people shot.
At least three people were loaded into Wauwatosa fire service ambulances
At least three young people were shot dead, according to reports from police scanner traffic
Dozens of police cars were on site, many in front of the Macy's department store in the mall, according to CBS 58.
WISN 12 reports that the majority of victims are "below" near the Macy's.
A woman who was at Macy & # 39; s told CBS 58 that she heard eight to twelve gunshots right outside the store.
"We were on the third floor," she said.
"We heard eight to twelve shots and fell to the ground."
She said she didn't see the shooter but managed to find a stairwell and go down to Macy's basement.
She was with her 79-year-old mother and both were shaken but unharmed.
Mr McBride told ABC News that the perpetrator was "at large" and that SWAT teams are currently circling the mall looking for him or her.
The police have secured the building and are filtering out the residents of the shopping center.
The Wauwatosa Police Department asked people to avoid the area.
& # 39; Idk what the heck happened but I'm sitting in p.f. Changs and people run out of the Mayfair mall. Nobody tells us what's going on, ”tweeted one person.
& # 39; I'm ok. I'm away from the area. PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM THE AREA TO GET EMERGENCY PERSONNEL THROUGH. & # 39;
Brookfield Properties, which manages Mayfair Mall, said in a statement: “We are discouraged and upset that our guests and renters have been exposed to this violent incident today.
"We are grateful for our partners in the Wauwatosa Police Department and will work with them as their investigation develops."
The shooter opened fire on Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin Friday afternoon
A gunfight was carried out in Mayfair Mall in February 2020 in which a police officer, Joseph Mensah, shot and killed 17-year-old Alvin Cole, a black man.
Police said Cole fled officers and Mensah, who is also black, shot Cole after the teenager pointed a gun at him.
The mall was the target of sporadic protests for several months after the shootings.
The Milwaukee District Attorney declined to bring charges against Mensah, but the city this week approved a separation agreement that pays Mensah at least $ 130,000 to quit the force.