Eight people were injured in a shooting Friday afternoon near Milwaukee, in the US state of Wisconsin, local police said, adding that the shooter had not been apprehended.
The police were alerted in the early afternoon of shooting at the Mayfair Mall, in the town of Wauwatosa, on the outskirts of Milwaukee, the largest city in this state in the northern United States.
When help arrived, the gunman was no longer on the scene, Wauwatosa police said in a statement, stressing that the danger was not over and asking the population to stay away from the scene of the shooting.
Seven adults and one teenager were rushed to hospital, announced the authorities, without being able to specify the seriousness of their injuries. According to Wauwatosa Mayor Dennis McBride, quoted by ABC News, their life is not in danger.
The shooter, who has not been identified, is a
white man in his twenties or thirties, added the police.
Many employees had taken shelter inside the mall, according to videos circulating on social networks, which show them hidden in store reserves.
We are downcast and angry, could one read in a statement on Facebook of the mall, temporarily closed.
We are grateful to the Wauwatosa Police and cooperate with them for their investigation.
According to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, at least 40 law enforcement vehicles were present on site in the afternoon.
Milwaukee County Sheriff's Services tweet confirmed to be on site
in response to a shooting, alongside the Wauwatosa Town Police.
The FBI announced on Twitter that it had also visited the scene.
Our thoughts are with those injured in the Mayfair Mall shooting todayWisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said on Twitter.
We also think of all the customers and employees affected by this act of violence and are grateful for the first aid that helped put people to safety., he added.
A shooting killed five people in February in a Milwaukee brewery.