Wauwatosa, Wisconsin (AP) — Wauwatosa, Wisconsin (AP) — Police searched for the suspect in a shooting at a mall outside Milwaukee on Friday night, injuring seven adults and teens.
Barry Weber, chief of the Wauwatosa Police Department, did not motivate the attack at Macy’s Mall in a short update about three hours after the 2:50 pm incident near the entrance to the Macy’s store. He said the extent of the injuries to the eight victims was unknown, but all were alive. He added that the shooter was “no longer on the scene” when the authorities arrived.
“Preliminary statements from witnesses indicate that the shooter is a white man in his twenties or thirties,” Weber told reporters. “Investigators are working to identify the suspect.”
As of 9:30 pm, Wauwatosa police said in a tweet that authorities had not yet identified or arrested the suspect. However, in the latest update, the department provided the first explanation of what could have led to the shooting.
“As a result of preliminary investigation, we believed that this shooting was the result of a quarrel, not a random act.” Said Police added that the mall is now cleared and safe.
Officials said the mall was closed on Saturday and investigators would stay there overnight.
“Our thoughts are directed at our community, especially those injured and affected by today’s incident,” Wauwatosa police said in a tweet. “Events like this rock the community. We live in Wauwatosa and continue to work to protect our visitors.
The updates that came in are:
This is a developing story and will continue to be updated as we know more.
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