WAUWATOSA, Wis. — Wauwatosa police are investigating a shooting at Mayfair Mall that left seven adults injured and hospitalized one teen.
Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber gave no motive for the attack at the mall in a brief update about three hours after the shooting. He said the extent of injuries to the victims was unknown, but all were alive.
Police said witnesses described the shooter as a white man in his 20s or 30s. Investigators were still trying to find the suspect as of 6 p.m. Friday. The shooter left the scene after the shooting, according to officials.
Officers initially responded around 2:50 p.m. Friday for a report of a shooting near the northwest entrance of the mall.
Mall operator Brookfield Properties says they’re “disheartened and angered” over the “violent incident.” The mall is considered an active crime scene and is closed until further notice.
The mall has since been cleared and secured, according to a post from the Wauwatosa police Facebook page. Mayfair Mall management said the mall will be closed Saturday, and law enforcement will remain at the scene Friday night to continue the investigation.
A preliminary investigation revealed the shooting was likely not a random act and was caused by an altercation.
“Events like this shake a community, and we remain committed to protecting those who live in and visit Wauwatosa. We will continue to provide updated information, and appreciate patience as we continue to work on this still active investigation,” the statement said.