WAUWATOSA, Wis. – Wauwatosa police say a 15-year-old man was arrested during Friday’s shooting at the Mayfair Mall that wounded 8. Wauwatosa police chief Barry Weber said in an update on Sunday, November 22, that this was a quarrel between two groups, four innocent spectators were injured. “
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The chief offered few details about the arrest, only that it took place after the young man had left the property for the mall on foot after Friday’s shooting. A spokeswoman for the Wauwatosa Police Department said he was arrested Saturday night after performing search options. Chief Weber said he believes the boy was arrested during a traffic stop.
The chief said the shooter left the mall as shoppers ran out of runs. The boss said the process of clearing the mall (all 1.2 million square feet) took six hours with seven tactical teams.
This after call came to shots fired at. 14.49 Friday. Chief Weber said the first responders were on the scene within 30 seconds, with their first priorities being to secure the mall and provide first aid. Police said Sunday that the injured continued to recover and that most had been released from the hospital.
Chief Weber said the Mayfair Mall is a safe place and told reporters: “This is an incident that can happen anytime and anywhere.” He urged people to “show support” for Mayfair.
Wauwatosa Mayor Dennis McBride reiterated this statement, telling reporters that he planned to go to the mall “as soon as I leave here”, adding that he “has never had a problem shopping in Mayfair and I never will.”
Investigators said Saturday they were still looking for the man in charge, described by Wauwatosa police as a white man in his 20s or 30s. “Investigators are working tirelessly to identify and arrest the suspect from yesterday’s shooting at the Mayfair Mall,” Wauwatosa police said in a tweet Saturday.
“Preliminary statements from witnesses indicate that the shooter is a white man in his 20s or 30s,” Weber told reporters on Friday. “Investigators are working to determine the identity of the suspect.”
The Wauwatosa police chief said the initial information provided regarding the shooter was “incorrect” as to “who we were looking for”, adding that they “thought it was a white man but did not have an age.” As the investigation progressed, and they focused on who was responsible and began to develop leads, Weber said they began to believe it was “someone younger.”
The mayor added that investigators need to balance getting information out to the public while ensuring that the information shared is factual and accurate and that the release of such information does not compromise the investigation.