A gunman opened fire on Mayfair Mall in Wisconsin on Friday afternoon, injuring at least eight people before fleeing the scene, local officials and witnesses said. A possible motive was not immediately known.
The incident began around 2:50 p.m. on Friday when officers were called in for an active shooting situation at the Wauwatosa Mall, about 7 miles northwest of Milwaukee. The shooting occurred near the northwest entrance to Macy’s.
Witnesses reported hearing between 10 and 20 shots and described the gunman as a white man in his 20s or 30s. “When emergency personnel arrived, the gunman was no longer at the scene,” said Police Chief Barry Weber.
Seven adults and a teenager were injured in the shooting and taken to hospitals in the area, where none of them suffered life-threatening injuries.
The motive for Friday’s mass shooting was not immediately known. “Investigators are working to determine the identity of the suspect. Any information relating to the identity of the shooter at this time is false, ”Weber said.
A large number of emergency services, including FBI agents and heavily armed police, responded to Friday’s shooting. The mall and nearby schools were closed as officers searched the mall, but no arrests were made immediately.
“We are disheartened and angry that our customers and tenants were victims of this violent incident today,” the mall said in a statement. “We are grateful to our partners in the Wauwatosa Police Department and we are cooperating with them as their investigation unfolds. Mayfair is closed at the moment. “
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