At­tacker shot as mall shoot­ing wounds 8

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - FROM THE COVER - By Nam Huh

WAUWATOSA, Wis. — Po­lice searched Fri­day evening for the at­tacker in a shoot­ing at a sub­ur­ban Mil­wau­kee mall that left seven adults and a teenager in­jured.

Wauwatosa Po­lice Chief Barry We­ber gave no mo­tive for the at­tack at the May­fair Mall in a brief up­date about three hours af­ter the 2: 50 p. m. in­ci­dent near an en­trance to a Macy’s store. He said the ex­tent of the eight vic­tims’ in­juries was un­clear, but all were alive. He added that the shooter was “no longer at the scene” when au­thor­i­ties ar­rived.

“Pre­lim­i­nary state­ments from wit­nesses in­di­cate that the shooter is a white male in his 20s or 30s,” We­ber told re­porters. “In­ves­ti­ga­tors are work­ing on de­ter­min­ing the iden­tity of that sus­pect.”

The chief called the mall an ac­tive crime scene and asked peo­ple to con­tinue to stay away.

Wit­nesses told WISNTV that they had heard what they be­lieved to be eight to 12 gun­shots. Some peo­ple re­mained in the mall while po­lice searched for the sus­pect. The sta­tion in­ter­viewed sev­eral peo­ple out­side the mall who said they had friends shel­tered in­side while the search was on­go­ing.

Jill Woo­ley was in­side Macy’s with her 79yearold mother when they heard gun­shots just out­side the store en­trance.

“We heard the first shot fired and knew im­me­di­ately it was a gun­shot,” Woo­ley told CBS58 in Mil­wau­kee. “We both just dropped to the floor.”

Woo­ley said she didn’t see any­one but the shots were “very close.” They ran in the op­po­site di­rec­tion to the base­ment of the store, where they then hid.

Tr­ish Cox’s 19yearold nephew works at Fin­ish Line sport­ing goods store. She said the store’s phone wasn’t be­ing an­swered and was fran­tic as she waited while FBI agents cleared the mall.

An agent who de­clined to give his name said the mall was be­ing “me­thod­i­cally” cleared. Heav­ily armed FBI per­son­nel were vis­i­ble at the scene.

The May­fair Mall was the site of a February shoot­ing in which a city po­lice of­fi­cer, Joseph Men­sah, shot and killed Alvin Cole, a Black 17yearold. Po­lice said Cole was flee­ing from po­lice; Men­sah, who is also Black, said he shot Cole be­cause Cole pointed a gun at him. The mall was the tar­get of spo­radic protests over sev­eral months in the wake of the shoot­ing.

The Mil­wau­kee County dis­trict at­tor­ney de­clined to file charges against Men­sah, but the city this week agreed to a sep­a­ra­tion agree­ment in which Men­sah will be paid at least $ 130,000 to leave the force.

Nam Y. Huh / As­so­ci­ated Press

FBI of­fi­cials and po­lice gather at May­fair Mall af­ter a shoot­ing that in­jured seven adults and a teenager in Wauwatosa, Wis.

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