1 man injured as gunfire erupts inside large Wis. shopping mall

MADISON, Wis. -- Gunfire erupted during a dispute inside a large Wisconsin mall Saturday, leaving one man wounded in the leg and sending people scrambling for cover on one of the busiest shopping days before Christmas.

See Full Article

Police said the East Towne Mall in Madison was shut down after shooting broke out just before 3 p.m. According to a statement posted on its website, Madison police said they were still looking for a suspect.

"This is not an active shooter. This is not an act of terrorism," Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said.

Witnesses told police that several young men were involved in a dispute in the middle of the mall. One pulled out a handgun and fired at least one shot. A 19-year-old man involved in the initial dispute was struck in the leg. He was taken to the hospital with a non-life-threatening injury.

"My understanding is it was a chaotic scene," DeSpain said.

Shopper Evan Flood said he saw a heated argument among about 15 people, and a couple of punches were thrown. Then, within three or four seconds a gun went off, he said.

"Myself and a lot of other people just went into whatever store was nearest, and they did a real good job of putting the gate down and getting us into the back, where we waited until police showed up," Flood said.

"There were a lot of kids actually around ... and they were in tears and their parents were trying to get them to calm down, but they were crying the entire time," he said.

Police said the mall had been secured by late afternoon and was reopened except for the immediate area where the shooting happened.

East Towne Mall is an 840,000-square-foot shopping centre with 110 specialty retailers, according to its website.

The incident comes at a time of heightened concern about security following a shooting at a holiday banquet on Dec. 2 in San Bernadino, California that left 14 people dead. The couple identified as the shooters were later killed by police. The FBI is investigating the case as an act of terrorism.

------

AP reporter Ed Donahue in Washington contributed to this report.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Burning high-rise collapses, killing at least 30 firefighters in Tehran [Video]

    World News Toronto Sun
    TEHRAN, Iran — A high-rise building in Tehran engulfed by fire collapsed on Thursday, killing at least 30 firefighters and injuring some 75 people, state media reported. The disaster struck the Plasco building, an iconic structure in central Tehran just north of the Iranian capital’s sprawling bazaar. Source
  • 'We need heavy machinery!'; 30 missing after avalanche in Italy buries hotel [Video]

    World News Toronto Sun
    MILAN — Rescue workers were met with an eerie silence Thursday when they reached a four-star spa hotel struck by an avalanche in a mountainous earthquake-stricken region of central Italy. At least 30 people were missing, including at least two children, authorities said. Source
  • Islamic State lost a quarter of its territory in 2016: report

    World News CTV News
    IRBIL, Iraq -- Researchers say the Islamic State group lost nearly a quarter of its territory last year, as an array of forces pressured it on multiple fronts in Syria and Iraq. In a report published Thursday, IHS Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Center called the territorial losses "unprecedented" and predicted IS militants would be driven from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul later this year. Source
  • A terrorist gets out of jail for free

    World News Toronto Sun
    "The quality of mercy is not strain'd," Shakespeare wrote. "It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven/Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:/It blesseth him that gives and him that takes." In that spirit, and unconstrained by reelection politics, President Barack Obama used his last week in office to grant clemency to hundreds of federal prisoners, reducing the sentences of some and pardoning others outright. Source
  • WATCH: Viral video shows bears begging for food at Indonesian zoo

    World News Toronto Sun
    An Indonesian zoo is under fire, again, after a video showing dangerously skinny bears begging visitors for food went viral earlier this week. The video, posted to YouTube back in May but only now is gaining steam internationally due to an article published Tuesday by the Daily Mail, shows three seemingly malnourished Bandung Zoo sun bears trying to catch food being thrown into their enclosure by patrons. Source
  • U.S. releases final batch of bin Laden documents

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- In its final hours, the Obama administration on Thursday released the last of three installments of documents belonging to Osama bin Laden that were seized in a 2011 raid that killed the al Qaeda leader in his secret compound. Source
  • Quebec woman arrested in the Bahamas for allegedly having sex with a minor

    Canada News CTV News
    MONTREAL - A Quebec mother of three is under arrest in the Bahamas for allegedly having sex with a teenage boy. Karine Gagne, 23, is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old American boy earlier this month. Source
  • Quebec mom arrested in the Bahamas for allegedly having sex with teen

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    MONTREAL — A Quebec mother of three is under arrest in the Bahamas for allegedly having sex with a teenage boy. Karine Gagne, 23, is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old American boy earlier this month. Her mother tells Radio-Canada her daughter was on a cruise ship when she met a young male who supposedly told her he was 18. Source
  • O'Leary: If I don't win a majority then 'fire me'

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    Kevin O’Leary is telling Conservatives to give him the boot if he doesn’t win a majority mandate for the party in 2019. He also wants to use drones instead of jets to patrol our borders to save money. Source
  • Garland murder trial to hear about tampered lock on victims' home

    Canada News CBC News
    CBC News is bringing you the latest developments from the trial when it resumes Thursday. You can also follow the latest tweets from Meghan Grant, the CBC's reporter in the courtroom, at the bottom of this story or, if on mobile, in this live blog. Source