Police announced Sunday evening that they arrested a 15-year-old suspect in connection with a shooting at a Wisconsin mall Friday that left eight people injured.
The 15-year-old Hispanic boy was detained following Friday’s shooting, and a weapon was found.
Barry Weber, chief of Wauwasota police, said that there had been ‘an altercation’ between two groups.
He told a press conference that four innocent bystanders were injured in the melee, suggesting that the other four were somehow involved in the dispute.
The teenage gunman then escaped out of Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa, while shoppers were being evacuated, and ran away on foot.
Seven adults and one teenager were hurt in the incident, which sparked a massive manhunt.
“There were several members of those groups that were injured during this altercation,” Wauwatosa Police Public Information Officer Abby Pavlik said of the two groups involved in the altercation.
The teen left the mall as other patrons were running out, according to Wauwatosa police.
Weber said officers arrived within 30 seconds of the first call to police at 2:49 p.m. The shooting occurred near Macy’s on the lower level of the mall.
Officers were unaware that the shooter had left the mall when they entered. The shooter left the property on foot, based on video surveillance.
Police said several other arrests have been made related to the shooting.
Weber said the initial information that was put out on the suspect was “erroneous.” He said that later Friday evening police started to develop leads that led them to believe the shooter was younger than first thought.
Weber said he viewed surveillance video and that helped find the shooter. The Police Department did not release surveillance to the public when they suspected the shooter was a minor.