At least eight people were injured in a gunfire at a suburban mall near Milwaukee on Friday, according to Wauwatosa police.
Investigators are working to identify a suspect in the shooting at Mayfair Mall, Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber said at a news confererence.
“Preliminary statements from witnesses indicate that the shooter is a white male in his 20s or 30s. Investigators are working on determining the identity of that suspect,” he said.
Police said in a Facebook post that a preliminary investigation has led them to believe the shooting was not a random act and was “the result of an altercation.”
Investigators are continuing to interview witnesses and the injured, the post said.
“The Mayfair Mall property has been cleared and is secure,” the Facebook post added. “Mayfair Mall management has indicated that the mall will be closed tomorrow, Saturday, November 21. Law enforcement personnel will remain at the mall into the night processing the scene.”
Weber said that the shooter was no longer at Mayfair Mall when Wauwatosa police officers arrived at the scene.
Wauwatosa is about seven miles northwest of Milwaukee.
The city was the site of multiple protests in October following news that Officer Joseph Mensah, who shot and killed 17-year-old Alvin Cole outside Mayfair Mall in February, would not face criminal charges.
The decision not to charge Mensah sparked protests during a monthslong wave of nationwide demonstrations over how police treat Black people.