|“Youth” riot… Black youth riot|
Police closed Mayfair Mall a half hour early Sunday evening after reports of gunfire somewhere near the mall. The gunfire reports have not been verified.The disturbance started when several teenagers started looting inside Boston Store, witnesses said.
A picture posted on JSOnline.com shows several clothing racks strewn across the floor.Two hours after the mall closed, there were still crowds of teens in the area.“Just trying to have fun,” a teenage boy told TODAY’S TMJ4 reporter Lauren Leamanczyk. Witnesses said teenagers continued causing problems after leaving Mayfair.“They were at the bus stop and then they were running across the street toward BW’3’s,” one woman recounted. “And then at that time, they were jumping on cars and then almost playing like ditch it in the middle of the street with the cars.”Wauwatosa police said they do not have anyone custody and that Chief Barry Weber would release more information Monday.
“A crowd of like 50 to 60 kids just came barreling through the upstairs door at Boston Store, knocking down everything they could touch. They went running down the stairs. All that we heard was glass breaking. There was security yelling to every manager to lockdown the doors, lockdown the mall, lockdown the store,” the customer said.
That customer sent a few photos to 12 News that show mannequins and items knocked down inside Boston Store.An employee at a different retailer inside the mall told 12 News that mall security was able to get shoppers out of the building within about 10 minutes, as retailers began to shut their storefront gates.“With all the noise and bustle it definitely seemed like something was wrong. It felt like people were starting to panic. My employee said she heard glass breaking and so it did seem like it was getting out of control,” the employee said.Mayfair Mall management released a statement late Sunday night:“What occurred this afternoon appears to be a group of youth intent on disrupting the shopping experience at Mayfair. The safety and security of our visitors are always our top priority. This behavior is isolated and we will not condone it. To assist police earlier in identifying and apprehending suspects, we made the decision to close the mall shortly before our regular closing time. We anticipate there will be consequences as a result of what happened today.
We are thankful for the support of our public safety team and the Wauwatosa Police Department. We are even more thankful there were no injuries as a result of the youth’s careless actions.”