One dead, one injured in Wisconsin mall shooting; suspect flees

GRAND CHUTE, WISCONSIN (AP) — A suspect left one person dead and another with minor injuries on Sunday before fleeing a shooting scene at a northern Wisconsin mall, police said.

Police were called to the Fox River Mall in Grand Chute, a suburb of Appleton, at about 3.30pm on Sunday. The unidentified shooter remained on the loose, authorities said.

Grand Chute Police Officer Travis Waas did not identify either victim.

Wass said the shooter left the mall before officers arrived. Police said they were interviewing witnesses and following leads. No motive was immediately released.

Photos from the scene showed officers, some in tactical gear, staging outside the mall and what appeared to be customers walking out with their hands in the air.

Haylie Mirr, who works at a mall restaurant called Box Lunch, said she didn’t know anything about the shooting, but said, “People just started running. We just locked the doors, and we had four customers in the store, we brought them to our back room.”

They were still waiting for the all-clear nearly three hours later.

It was the second recent mall shooting in Wisconsin. Last November, eight people were injured in a shooting after a confrontation at a mall in Wauwatosa, in suburban Milwaukee. A 15-year-old boy was arrested and charged.

Authorities respond to the Fox River Mall in Grand Chute, Wisconsin, after two people were shot in the mall. PHOTO: AP