|Mass shooting reported in Wisconsin: 7 hospitalized, suspect remains at large, police say|
October 21, 2012
A shooting near a mall in Brookfield, Wis., on Sunday left at least seven people hospitalized, according to local news reports, and police are searching for the suspected shooter.
WISN-TV first reported a "mass shooting" at the Azana Salon & Spa across the street from the Brookfield Square Mall at around 11:15 a.m. local time.
According to police, the suspected shooter is a 6'1" black male weighing approximately 200 pounds and was last seen wearing a camouflage jacket, grey sweater, blue jeans and carrying a white and black backpack. He was reportedly driving a black 2003 Mazda Protégé.
Officials initially described a "mass casualty" situation, WISN said, though to this point no fatalities have been confirmed.
A spokeswoman for Froedtert Memorial Hospital told the Associated Press that said four victims were being treated for non-life threatening injuries, and that three more victims were expected; an official at the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department told news service that deputies are looking for an active shooter.
According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the mall has been placed on lockdown, as has a nearby country club.
SWAT, fire and rescue officials responded to the scene, and a Flight for Life helicopter landed in the mall's parking lot. Police and tactical units were conducting a sweep of surrounding buildings, and a bomb squad was also called in.
In August, Wade Michael Page, an Army veteran with white supremacist ties, opened fire at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., killing six and injuring three others before shooting himself.
And Sunday's shooting took place less than a mile from a hotel where a gunman opened fire during a Living Church of God service in 2005. Seven people were killed and four wounded in that shooting.