15-year-old arrested in connection with the Mayfair mall shooting

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A suspect in a shooting at Mayfair mall Friday afternoon that wounded eight people has been arrested, according to Wauwatosa police.

Wauwatosa police have arrested a 15-year-old Milwaukee boy who they believe opened fire at Mayfair Mall Friday afternoon, sending eight to the hospital.

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 the mall.

"We do know there was some sort of altercation, and that's when the bullets started flying," Weber said during a Sunday press conference.

Police had said Friday that witnesses described the shooter as a white man in his 20s or 30s. But Weber 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.

"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 was unaware that the shooter had left the mall when they…
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