The Wauwatosa Police Department has arrested a 15-year-old boy from Milwaukee in connection to the shooting at Mayfair Mall on Friday, according to WKOW.
The boy was arrested on Saturday evening, but the arrest was not made public until a press conference with Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber on Sunday. Police have said that they have recovered the weapon that was used in Friday’s shooting.
The teen left the mall as other patrons were running out. Video surveillance showed the shooter leaving the mall on foot after the shooting, and police arriving just 30 seconds later.
At first, the police to arrive on the scene did not realize that the suspect had already left, which gave him a head start, and allowed him to stay on the run for about 24 hours.
The situation is still being investigated and many details are still unclear, but according to police, the shooting occurred during a disagreement between two groups at the mall. It is not clear what the altercation was about, or if the two groups had any type of formal affiliations.
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“We do know there was some sort of altercation, and that’s when the bullets started flying,” Weber said.
However, half of the people who were shot were not even involved in the fight. Police say that four of the eight people that got shot were not involved in the fight.
Wauwatosa Mayor Dennis McBride also spoke at the press conference, McBridge railed against guns.
“We live in a society where there are a lot of guns and a lot of people who act impulsively or stupidly. It could have happened anywhere. It could have happened on the street. It could have happened at a church. It could have happened at a shopping mall. It happened to happen at a shopping mall. There’s no reason whatsoever to be concerned at this point. Again, it was not a random act,” said McBride.
He said he would be going to Mayfair Mall after speaking and encouraged other locals to shop at the mall as well. He said that the mall is safe and that the shooting was just a random act of violence that could have happened anywhere. The mall reopened Sunday with extra security.
Luckily, none of the victims in the incident were killed or seriously injured, and most of them have been released by the hospital.
Earlier this year there was a police shooting at the same mall. In that incident, police officer Joseph Mensah, shot and killed Alvin Cole, a Black 17-year-old. As a result of the shooting, the mall became the site of multiple protests this year.
The Milwaukee County district attorney declined to file charges against Mensah, but this week, the city approved a separation agreement in which Mensah will be paid at least $130,000 to leave the force.
There is no indication that the shooting is related to the protests in any way, and police have not said if the altercation was related to a protest. Although, there have been many protest-related altercations in the area all year.
“It’s important to stress that this act of violence was not random, but an altercation between 2 groups.”
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin Police Chief announced the arrest of a 15-year-old male in connection to Friday’s Mayfair Mall shooting that injured 8 people pic.twitter.com/qXwzZRZiJS
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