Eight injured in mall shooting near Milwaukee, shooter ‘at large’

Police responded to reports of shots fired at the Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa, near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, around 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon.

According to police, at least seven adults and one teenager were injured and have been taken to the hospital. At least five people were seen being taken out of the building on stretchers, WISN-TV reported.

Shooter “at large”

Wauwatosa Mayor Dennis McBride told the media that “multiple injured victims have and are being transported from the north end of the Macy’s Department Store.” but said that “none of the injuries appear to life-threatening.”

The shooter is still “at large,” according to the mayor, and people have been asked to stay away from the area.

Witnesses have described the shooter as a white male in his 20s or 30s, but Police Chief Barry Weber cautioned that any information is preliminary at this time and noted that the shooter’s identity has not been confirmed.

The FBI is responding to the situation, according to a tweet from the FBI Milwaukee Twitter account. This is a developing story.

Site of Alvin Cole shooting

The Mayfair Mall was the site of an officer-involved shooting of an armed Black teen in February. 17-year-old Alvin Cole was shot and killed by Officer Joseph Mensah, a Black police officer, in the parking lot outside the mall after he fired at responding officers, police said.

The shooting attracted attention in June after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis sparked nationwide Black Lives Matter and anti-police protests. Demonstrators in Wauwatosa began periodically marching and calling for the officer’s firing over the summer.

The shooting was determined to be in self-defense, the Milwaukee County District Attorney announced in October, adding that no charges would be filed against Mensah. Mensah has also been cleared of wrongdoing in two other on-duty shootings in the last five years.

News of the decision was followed by protests, which were accompanied by looting, vandalism, and arrests in Wauwatosa.

On Thursday, the local fire and police commission voted to dismiss all complaints against Mensah, who is resigning from the force on Nov. 30 after negotiating a separation agreement with severance pay.

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