At least seven people injured in mass shooting near Wisconsin mall
At least seven people have been injured in a shooting spree at a spa near a mall in Brookfield, Wisconsin, a hospital spokeswoman says. Officials said this is a “mass casualty” situation, local WISN 12 News reports. The shooter remains at large.
The shooting occurred at 11:00 am local time on Sunday at the Azana Day Spa near the Brookfield Square Mall., Police told Fox6 News.
A spokeswoman at the local Froedtert Hospital says it has received four patients from the shooting, none critical, and expects three more.
Area hospitals have been put on alert as more casualties could be coming, though Froedtert said they were unaware of any other local hospitals taking in patients.
The identities of the shooting victims have not been released.
Authorities are looking for a suspect described as a heavy-set, bald black male in military fatigues who is possibly driving a a 2003 Black Mazda. Other witnesses believe the shooter might still be in the area, possibly in the mall. Several roads in the area have been blocked off and police are holding tactical positions at the scene of the shooting. At least 16 emergency vehicles have been dispatched to the scene.
The Brookfield Square Mall and an adjacent country club were initially put on lockdown. As of 1:20 PM local time, however, people were allowed to leave the mall. Several entrances at hte Froedtert Hospital have been blocked off as the location of the shooter remains unknown.
Milwaukee FBI spokesman Leonard Peace told AP its SWAT team, hostage negotiators, command staff and victims specialists had been dispatched to respond to the shooting.
ATF spokesman Robert Schmidt said 10 agents were at the scene. The area was also swept for bombs.