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Police arrest 15-year-old in connection with Wisconsin mall shooting that injured 8

A 15-year-old boy was arrested Saturday evening in connection with the shooting Friday afternoon at a Wisconsin mall in which eight people were injured.

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A 15-year-old boy was arrested Saturday evening in connection with the shooting Friday afternoon at a Wisconsin mall in which eight people were injured.

Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber said during a news conference Sunday evening that the suspected shooter at Mayfair Mall was a 15-year-old male from Milwaukee. The mall is about 7 miles north of the city.

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Police did not release the suspect’s name or any photos. Officials said because of the nature of the investigation and the suspect’s age, they would not release that information while the investigation continues.

Weber said the boy was arrested Saturday night after being stopped in a vehicle. The weapon he’s suspected of using in the shooting was recovered.

Weber said the shooting was the result of an altercation between two groups at the mall.

“It is important to stress that this act of violence was not a random one,” Weber said.

Police investigate a shooting at the Mayfair Mall, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in Wauwatosa, Wis.
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The shooting was first reported about 2:50 p.m. CT Friday, when dispatchers received calls of shots fired inside the first floor of Macy’s. Several people were seen being taken out on stretchers.

Seven adults and one teenager were among the injured. Weber said four of those were bystanders not involved in the altercation.

Weber said the suspected shooter was able to exit the mall on foot while other patrons were running out. He said it took seven tactical teams and other law enforcement nearly six hours to clear and set up a perimeter around the 1.2-million-square-foot facility, but they had not yet realized the suspected shooter had exited.

Sgt. Abby Pavlik said several other arrests have been made but they are still investigating the circumstances behind those arrests.

Police said that to the best of their knowledge, “most” of the eight injured have been released from the hospital and are recovering at home.