Skip to main content

'Chaotic scene' as shots fired in Madison mall; one injured

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

One man was shot in the leg when gunfire erupted at the East Towne Mall in Madison, Wisconsin, Saturday afternoon, on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

Madison police said the shooting took place about 2:50 p.m., after two groups of young men got into a dispute in the middle of the mall, News 3 reports.

One of them took out a handgun and fired at least one round. A 19-year-old man was hit in the leg and suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound, according to police.

Police department spokesman Joel DeSpain said the shooting was not related to terrorism and was not an "active shooter" scenario, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

Shoppers and employees scrambled for cover when the sound of gunfire rang out in the mall.

DeSpain described it as a "chaotic scene," with some people running into nearby stores and hiding under garment racks and in back rooms. Many businesses closed their gates, the State Journal reports.

Police detained several of the young men involved in the dispute, but no one was immediately arrested, according to News 3.

The mall was closed for about three hours as officers began their investigation. It reopened about 6 p.m. But the State Journal notes many stores remained closed at that time after employees left.

Another Madison shopping center, West Towne Mall, was locked down in February after two gangs got into a dispute which ended in gunfire outside the mall, according to the State Journal.

Next Up

Winter scene snow storm snowfall highway driving traffic - Joe Nelson Feb 2022 4

Winter storm warning for Twin Cities: 6+ inches possible

The heaviest snow could move through the Twin Cities.

police lights

Carver man charged after standoff with police in Prior Lake

The man had been fleeing from police when he allegedly broke into a home and the standoff ensued.

ambulance

41-year-old Sherburne County man killed after crashing car into ditch

The crash occurred Sunday night in Palmer Township.

Screen Shot 2022-11-28 at 4.01.10 PM

Around 200 rescued after ice breaks free on Upper Red Lake

Red Lake — both Upper and Lower — is the largest freshwater lake in the state.

Screen Shot 2022-11-28 at 9.38.30 AM

St. Paul featured on Hallmark Channel's 'Christmas Cam' livestream

Downtown's dazzling display can be viewed from anywhere in the world.

JamborMugshot

Charges: Drunk driver almost struck Bemidji parade spectators

The man told police he was trying to attend the parade himself.

6

The SCHEELS Experience

Whether looking for reliable hunting and fishing gear or new clothing and shoes, Eden Prairie SCHEELS is a one-stop shopping experience for the whole family.

0

Charges: Man fatally shot ex's new partner as he dined at Bloomington restaurant

Criminal charges filed Monday detail an alleged motive in the shooting.

MetallicaLiveLondonWikimedia

Metallica to perform 2 nights in Minneapolis on 2023-24 World Tour

The heavy metal rock band returns to the state for the first time since 2018.

snow, plow

Tuesday storm to dump plowable snow in Minnesota

Snow should reach the Twin Cities Tuesday morning and fall throughout the day.

Related

Screen Shot 2019-07-13 at 9.46.24 AM

'Chaotic scene' after shots fired at downtown rooftop bar

It comes just 6 weeks after a fatal stabbing on the same block.

Police kill gunman who opened fire at Houston mall, injuring 9

The gunman opened fire at a strip mall in southwest Houston.