Shooting at Mall Near Milwaukee Leaves Multiple People Hurt, Mayor Says
A shooting at a mall near Milwaukee on Friday afternoon left multiple people hurt but none with life-threatening injuries, an official said.
The official, Dennis McBride, the mayor of Wauwatosa, Wis., said the shooting happened at the Mayfair Mall, but it was not clear how many were injured.
He also said it was not clear that those hurt were gunshot victims. He said several people had been taken to a nearby hospital.
The gunman remained at large, he said. A motive for the shooting was not clear.
Mr. McBride said about 75 law enforcement officers from a variety of departments had descended on the mall, which is Wauwatosa’s largest taxpayer and the busiest in Milwaukee County.
Lindsay Kahn, a spokeswoman for Brookfield Properties, the owner of the mall, said in a statement: “We are disheartened and angered that our guests and tenants were subject to this violent incident today. We are thankful for our partners at the Wauwatosa Police Department and we are cooperating with them as their investigation develops.”
Officials at the mall and the Police Department could not be immediately reached.
Both Froedtert Hospital and Children’s Wisconsin said that they were notified of a shooting at Mayfair Mall and that both hospitals’ trauma teams were prepared to receive patients, a spokeswoman, Nalissa Wienke, said. No additional details were provided about the number of patients or their conditions.
Ashley Kenworthy, 17, who works at Aerie, a clothing store in the mall, said she was behind the register when she saw two people run into the store, yelling that there was a gunman.
One of the employees quickly told other store workers, using a walkie-talkie, that there was a shooting, and they ran to a stock room with about a dozen customers and locked the door.
“I just saw people running back to the back room, and so I just stopped what I was doing and ran back there,” she said.
Aaron Perry, 32, was at the center of the mall when he heard a burst of gunfire, then a pause, then another burst of gunfire.
He turned around and ran to a store where he and about a dozen people closed the front gate, went to a storage closet and hid.
Mr. Perry said that he and everyone with him were uninjured, and that the shooting sounded as if it had come from one individual who took time to reload.
“I was shaken up due to hurrying up and trying to close the doors,” said Mr. Perry, calling from his hiding place. “But we’re OK.”
Gordon Lugauer, owner of Board Game Barrister, said he also heard two bursts of gunfire. One round came into the store.
One customer who was waiting just outside the store was shot, and several others, some of them wounded, were on the floor.
“Which of those were wounded and which were tending to the wounded, I don’t know,” he said.
Mr. Lugauer and other employees escaped out a back exit, and escorted a wounded customer to safety.
The police arrived shortly after the gunfire erupted, he said. Once he got outside, Mr. Lugauer said, he noticed that one of his employees had not emerged.
Mr. Lugauer went back in to find the employee, who was helping one of the wounded.
“Everyone’s shaken up,” he said.
Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs and Will Wright contributed reporting.