Lahartosa police have arrested a 15-year-old Milwaukee boy who believes he set fire to the Mayfair Mall on Friday afternoon, Sent eight to hospital.
Police Chief Barry Weber said the suspect was arrested Saturday night and that the shooting was the result of a dispute between two people at the mall.
“We know that there was some kind of reshuffle and that’s when the bullets started flying,” Weber said during a Sunday news conference.
Police said on Friday that witnesses described the shooter as a white man in his 20s or 30s. But Weber described the suspect as a 15-year-old Hispanic boy. His gun was recovered during the arrest.
The four were among those deemed innocent, who suffered fatal injuries during the shooting.
“There were several members of the groups who were injured during this change,” said Wautosa Police Public Information Officer Abbi Pavlik, who was involved in the two groups.
According to Wavetosa police, the teenager was leaving the mall as another patron.
Weber said officers arrived within 30 seconds of the first call to police at 2:49 p.m. The shooting took place near Macy’s on the lower level of the mall.
Officials were unaware that the shooter had left after entering the mall. The shooter left the property on foot based on video surveillance.
Police said several other arrests related to the shooting have been made.
Weber said that the initial information put on the suspect was “inaccurate”. He said that later on Friday evening police started developing Leeds, which led him to believe that the shooter was younger than previously thought.
Weber said he saw surveillance video and helped find the shooter. The police department did not release surveillance to the public when the shooter was suspected to be a minor.
Witnesses inside the mall reported several gunshots about 3pm on Friday afternoon, sending people to flee or to other places where they could take refuge in a safe place. Reporters at the scene and news helicopters captured a video of at least four people in an ambulance in a parking lot.
The mall was closed on Saturday but reopened at 11 am Sunday.
The rally for President Donald Trump was held outside the Mayfair Mall while it was closed on Saturday. Some people were walking with guns in the rally.
Mayor Dennis McBride said he wanted them not to hold a rally so close to the shooting there.
“This rally, as I understand it, was planned a week ahead of time. I think it was unfortunate that they decided to come along on that day,” McBride said.
He said, I do not think people should come to the election rallies with guns. “I respect everyone’s First Amendment rights to political rallies and protests. If it was up to me, I said, please don’t come, don’t bring guns, respect the fact that our community is suffering right now.” “
McBride encouraged residents to continue shopping at the Mayfair Mall.
“It’s a safe place,” he said.
“As soon as I leave, I leave for Mayfair,” McBride said at the news conference. “I have no problem shopping in Mayfair. I never have and I never will. It is a safe place. There are holidays here and I hope you all shop in Mayfair. “
The mayor said he plans to speak with the general manager of Mayfair on Monday. He was not sure that all stores were open.
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