WAUWATOSA (WKOW) -- Police in Wauwatosa and now the FBI are still searching for a man investigators say shot eight people inside Mayfair Mall on Friday afternoon.
Investigators believe the shooting may have started as a fight at the mall.
One man who came back to the mall parking lot Saturday to pick up his car said the shooting was something he'll never forget.
"Pulling up to get my car, it was just like, I don't know if I really want to walk this close to get my car after being so close to where everything happened at. But, overall, I'm alright now. it's just the point that it happened inside the mall," Aaron Perry told WISN-TV.
The shooter is described as a white man in his 20s or 30s, according to police.
Wauwatosa Mayor Dennis R. McBride released a statement Saturday, saying the victims are recovering.
McBride asks anyone with information about the suspect’s identity or location to bring it to the Wauwatosa Police Department.
McBride reminds Wauwatosa of their community's good qualities and that it is strong and "will not lose its spirit because of this unfortunate incident... The City and Mayfair are committed to ensuring that all who live in and visit Wauwatosa will remain safe."
The City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention is a resource McBride encourages those affected by the event to use.
Mayfair has a strict no-gun policy, McBride shared and said, "guns have no place in shopping malls or other places in which crowds of people gather... If the shooter had complied with that policy, no one would have been hurt yesterday."
McBride went on to thank the Wauwatosa Police Department as well as nearby police departments for the protection they provided to those inside the mall, the Wauwatosa Fire Department for their attention to those injured, and the community "for their strength and determination. We have survived past challenges and we will survive this one."
And, like the police, McBride thanks the community for their patience in the investigation process.
The mall will reopen Sunday.
The mayor's full statement is below:
Yesterday, eight people were shot at Mayfair Mall. Fortunately, all eight have survived and are believed to be recovering. Mayfair Mall is secure but is closed today. Preliminary investigation by the Wauwatosa Police Department (WPD) indicates that the shooting was the result of an altercation and not a random act. WPD investigators, with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, are continuing to interview victims and witnesses to identify and apprehend the suspect. If anyone has information about the suspect’s identity or location, please convey that information immediately to the WPD.
Wauwatosa is a safe and vibrant community. Mayfair Mall is Wisconsin’s premier shopping center. Events like this shake us, but a community as strong as Wauwatosa is will not lose its spirit because of this unfortunate incident and Mayfair will continue to be a magnet for shoppers across the region. The City and Mayfair are committed to ensuring that all who live in and visit Wauwatosa will remain safe. The City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention has offered its services to anyone affected by yesterday’s event. I thank that Office for its generosity and encourage people to take advantage of those services.
Guns have no place in shopping malls or other places in which crowds of people gather. Mayfair has a strict no-gun policy. If the shooter had complied with that policy, no one would have been hurt yesterday.
On behalf of the community, I thank the officers of the WPD and nearby police departments for their protection of shoppers, employees, and other members of the greater Milwaukee community. I also thank the Wauwatosa Fire Department for its quick work in attending to the victims’ injuries and transporting them safely to the hospital. Finally, I thank the people of Wauwatosa for their strength and determination. We have survived past challenges and we will survive this one.
The WPD will provide additional information as it becomes available. We appreciate the community’s patience and support as this investigation proceeds.