At least eight people, including a teenager, were wounded during a shooting inside a suburban Milwaukee shopping mall in Wisconsin of the US on Friday and the suspected shooter was still being sought, officials said.
Authorities responded to an entrance near a Macy's inside the Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa around 3 pm, police Chief Barry Weber told reporters. The suspect was no longer at the scene when first responders arrived, he said.
Seven adults and one teen were taken to a hospital. The extent of their injuries was unclear Friday night, Weber said. "Everybody was alive at that time," Weber said of the wounded people.
Based on witness descriptions, authorities believe the shooter to be a White male in his 20s or 30s. The mall was expected to remain closed until further notice, reports Fox News.
The police department in Wauwatosa -- a city of 46,000 residents just west of Milwaukee -- did not respond to calls and messages from Fox News.
The FBI and the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office also responded to the area to support local law enforcement efforts.
A woman who was shopping in a Macy's on the second floor told Milwaukee's WISN-TV she heard eight to 12 gunshots. Another woman said a friend who works inside the mall was hiding in a stockroom after shots rang out.
"They’re very scared. They’re just hiding. That’s all they can do right now," Becky Clark told the news station.
A man said his daughter called him from inside the mall, during which he heard gunshots over the phone and what sounded like people running for cover.
The Milwaukee County Transit System tweeted that buses to the mall were unable to enter the property due to an "emergency incident."
Photos posted to social media showed police cruisers in the mall parking lot. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office tweeted it was not sending anyone to the scene.