Wauwatosa, Wi., police arrested a 15-year-old Milwaukee boy who they believe opened fire at a shopping mall on Friday afternoon, sending eight to the hospital, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Police Chief Barry Weber said the suspect was arrested Saturday night and that the shooting was the result of an altercation between two groups of people at Mayfair Mall. “We do know there was some sort of altercation, and that’s when the bullets started flying,” Weber said. He described the suspect as a 15-year-old Hispanic. His firearm was recovered during the arrest. Four innocent bystanders were among those who received non-life-threatening injuries during the shooting.
The teen left the mall as other patrons were running out. Weber said officers arrived within 30 seconds of the first call to police. Officers was unaware that the shooter had left the mall when they entered. The shooter left the property on foot. Weber said he viewed surveillance video and that helped find the shooter. Witnesses inside the mall reported hearing multiple gunshots about 3 p.m. that sent people fleeing for the exits or to other locations where they could safely shelter in place. A rally for President Donald Trump was held outside the mall while it was closed on Saturday. Some at the rally were carrying guns. Mayor Dennis McBride said the rally was planned a week earlier. “I don’t think people should come to political rallies with guns, ” he said. “I respect the First Amendment rights of everybody for political rallies and protests. If it were up to me I would have said, please do not come, do not bring guns, honor the fact that our community is suffering right now.”