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OUWA – Multiple people wounded in active shooting at a Mall near Milwaukee. An “active shooting incident” erupted at a mall near Milwaukee Friday, leaving multiple people wounded, said Wauwatosa Mayor Dennis McBride.

“Multiple injured victims have and are being transported from the north end of the Macy’s emporium,” McBride told CNN. “None of the victims’ injuries appear to be life-threatening.”

The mayor said “the perpetrator is at-large at this time” and about 75 cops were on scene at Mayfair Mall one week before the beginning of the busy season.

‘It will take time to supply additional, and maybe, more accurate information,” McBride said.

The FBI in Milwaukee tweeted that agents were “currently responding to support local enforcement tactical response to Mayfair Mall shooting incident.”
Heavy police and EMT presence responded, consistent with footage from CNN affiliate WISN.

Police officers in tactical gear were seen entering the mall, and a minimum of five people was carried on stretchers to ambulances, WISN reported.

Austin Seybold, 24, said he was locked down within the back room of the finishing line store inside the mall. Seybold saw customers running past the shop. Employees starting rounding up the people inside the shop and “took them into the rear and locked our front gate,” Seybold wrote to CNN via text message from the shop.

Austin Seybold, 24, was locked down within the back room of the finishing line store during an “active shooting incident” at Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

Austin Seybold, 24, was locked down within the back room of the finishing line store during an “active shooting incident” at Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

Seybold said six employees and a few dozen customers were locked within the back room for about two hours before a SWAT team escorted them out.

“It was a touch frantic initially, but we managed to urge everyone into the rear with none hassle and everybody has remained fairly calm which is sweet, although we will hear what seems like SWAT teams within the back passageways of the mall and therefore the gravity of things is starting to set in,” he wrote.

Mayfair Mall posted on Facebook Friday that it had been closed following the shooting.
“We are disheartened and angered that our guests and tenants were subject to the present violent incident today. We are thankful for our partners at the Wauwatosa local department and that we are cooperating with them as their investigation develops,” the post read.

Wauwatosa is about seven miles northwest of Milwaukee.

The city was the location 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, wouldn’t face criminal charges.

The decision to not charge Mensah sparked protests during a months-long wave of nationwide demonstrations over how police treat Black people.

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