A TEENAGER has been arrested in connection with the mall shooting in Wisconsin that left eight people injured.
The Wauwatosa Police Department said on Sunday evening that they arrested a 15-year-old boy believed to be the shooter earlier that day.
Police have arrested a 15-year-old boy in connection with the shooting at a Wisconsin mall[/caption]
Officers also found a gun that the boy allegedly used during the Friday afternoon attack, the Wauwatosa Police Department said[/caption]
The teen managed to dodge cops by exiting the mall along with other patrons as police and tactical teams spent hours trying to secure the area, police said.
“An officer’s first priority in this situation is to secure the immediate scene and begin rendering first aid,” the Wauwatosa police said in their statement.
“The process to completely secure the mall, which contains 1,265 million square feet, took approximately six hours and involved seven tactical teams.”
Authorities revealed that the shooting wasn’t random – it was “an altercation between two groups,” and four of the eight victims were “innocent bystanders,” cops said.
The shooting reportedly took place near this Macy’s at 2:50pm on Friday in Wauwatosa, WI[/caption]
Mall patrons wait across the street after being escorted out by tactical cops after the shooting[/caption]
The teen managed to dodge cops by exiting the mall with other patrons while authorities secured the area[/caption]
A victim is taken away in a stretcher[/caption]
The FBI and investigators worked together to review several leads from victims and witnesses to track down the suspect, according to police.
Officers swarmed the Mayfield Mall in Wauwatosa, a town about seven miles from Milwaukee, on Friday at 2:50pm.
Dramatic footage showed several SWAT teams and local authorities swarming the Macy’s department store, where the shooting was believed to have taken place.
Video from the scene shows a large number of police presence on the scene including K-9 dogs, Swat teams, armored cars, ambulances, and other first responders.
About 75 officers were at the scene investigating, and the FBI’s Milawukee office told ABC News it was responding to help local law enforcement.
Seven adults and one teenager were injured and taken to hospitals, where they were recovering, Mayor Dennis McBride said at a Friday night press conference.
Wauwatosa Mayor Dennis McBride said all eight victims were recovering at the hospital on Saturday [/caption]
The shooting took place at the Mayfair Mall[/caption]
Seven adults and one teenager were injured in the shooting[/caption]
Police said four of the eight victims were ‘innocent bystanders’[/caption]
The incident started with an argument, authorities said[/caption]
Waseem Dilshad told Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that his uncle was working at the kiosk near Macy’s when he was shot twice in the leg.
Dilshad’s cousin – who saw the mass shooting – was speaking to him when shots rang out.
“He started cursing and yelling, and said, ‘I’m going to call you back, there’s blood everywhere’,” said Dilshad.
His uncle, who is in a stable condition, was taken to Froedtert Hospital.
Witnesses told WISN that they had heard eight to 12 gunshots.
People who claimed to be inside the mall at the time of the shooting said on Twitter that shoppers were bolting out of the mall.
Others who claimed they were stuck at the shopping center said they weren’t sure when they’d be able to leave.
Shoppers were reportedly still sheltering in the back of stores at around 6:15pm.
A woman leaves the mall after being locked down during the shooting[/caption]
Police officers stand by to secure the area around the mall[/caption]
An emergency aid vehicle is parked near the mall[/caption]
Authorities stayed at the shopping center into the night[/caption]
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