Several people were shot dead Friday afternoon at the Mayfair mall in Wauwatosa, according to preliminary emergency radio traffic.
The site commanders asked the mall to announce that people in the building should be accommodated on site, according to emergency radio traffic provided by Broadcastify.
There was a large police presence in the mall, and on Twitter several people reported hearing gunshots and shops responding to an active shooter situation.
The Milwaukee County Medical Expert’s Office wrote on Twitter that it did not respond to the scene. It usually responds to scenes of death.
A mall spokesman who answered the phone on Friday afternoon said the mall could not confirm the shooting and had no information to provide.
A spokesman for the Wauwatosa police told the Journal Sentinel that he would provide information soon.
The call came shortly before 3 p.m., according to emergency dispatch audio.
“All squads are heading to the mall for shots,” a radio dispatcher called the officers.
One of the first officers at the scene said he had found at least two people who had been shot.
“Start EMS. Everyone seems to agree. It’s just in the appendages. At that moment, nothing fatal – the policeman called the dispatchers.
It was not clear how many people were shot.
Law enforcement agencies from across the region responded. The Wisconsin State Patrol also had parts on site.
WISN-TV interviewed a woman who said she first heard what she thought were fireworks in Eddie Bauer’s store.
After about eight to 12 shots, everyone around her began to flee, she said.
The channel’s helicopter took pictures of at least three people in ambulances.
The entrances to the mall are closed. The traffic is heavy in the area.
This is an evolving story. Please check again for updates.
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