WAUWATOSA, Wisconsin — Eight people were shot and wounded by a gunman at a shopping mall in Wauwatosa, about 7 miles northwest of Milwaukee, on Friday afternoon.
“None of the victims’ injuries appear to be life threatening,” Wauwatosa Mayor Dennis McBride told ABC News, adding that “the perpetrator is “at-large” at this time.”
Police Chief Barry Weber said the shooter was no longer at Mayfair Mall when Wauwatosa officers arrived at the scene.
“Preliminary statements from witnesses indicate that the shooter is a white male in his 20s or 30s. Investigators are working on determining the identity of that suspect,” Weber said.
The FBI in Milwaukee said its agents were supporting local police in the shooting investigation and the search for the gunman.
ABC affiliate WISN reported seven adult victims were taken to Froedtert Hospital, a trauma center, and one teen victim was taken to Children’s Wisconsin hospital. There was no immediate word on their conditions.
A woman who had been shopping in the Macy’s store at the time of the mall gunfire said she heard eight to 12 gunshots and indicated that store workers hid in the stockroom.
“They’re very scared. They’re just hiding. That’s all they can do right now,” Becky Clark said.
Police teams encompassing 75 officers later searched the mall and evacuated the people who were sheltered in place.
“We are disheartened and angered that our guests and tenants were subject to this violent incident today,” Brookfield Properties, Mayfair Mall’s property management company, said in a statement.