WAUWATOSA, Wis. – Wauwatosa police say a 15-year-old man was arrested in Friday’s shooting at the Mayfair mall, injuring 8. Wauwatosa police chief Barry Weber said in an update Sunday (November 22nd) that there were clashes between the two groups. injuring four “innocent bystanders. “
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The boss offered some details about the arrest, but it happened after the young man left the mall property on foot after the shooting on Friday. A spokeswoman for the Wauwatosa police department said he was arrested on Saturday night after carrying out the search warrant. Chief Weber said he believed the boy was arrested during a traffic stop.
The boss said the shooter came out of the mall when buyers ran out. The boss said the process of cleaning the mall (all 1.2 million square meters) took six hours with seven tactical teams.
This after calls for shots fired at 2:49 p.m. on Friday. Chief Weber said the first responders were on site within 30 seconds, with their first priorities being providing the mall and providing first aid. Police said Sunday that the injured are still recovering and that most have been released from the hospital.
Chief Weber said Mayfair Mall was a safe place, telling reporters: “It’s an accident that could happen anytime, anywhere.” He encouraged people to “show support” for Mayfair.
Wauwatosa Mayor Dennis McBride reiterated the statement, telling reporters he planned to head to the mall “as soon as he leaves here,” adding that “he has never had a problem shopping at Mayfair and will never do so.”
Investigators said Saturday they were still looking for the man in charge, described by Wawatosa police as a 20- or 30-year-old white man. “Investigators are working tirelessly to identify and detain the suspects in yesterday’s shooting at the Mayfair mall,” Wauwatosa police said on Saturday.
“Preliminary witness statements indicate that the shooter is a 20- or 30-year-old white man,” Weber told reporters on Friday. “Investigators are working to determine the identity of the suspect.”
The Wauwatosa police chief said the initial information provided about the shooter was “wrong” about “who we were looking for,” adding that they “thought he was a white man but not old.” . As the investigation progressed and they focused on who was responsible and began developing potential customers, Weber said they began to believe it was “someone younger.”
The mayor added that investigators must balance the provision of information to the public, while making sure that the information shared is factual and accurate and that the dissemination of such information does not compromise the investigation.