Fox River Appleton Mall Shooting In Grand Chute
There are reports of an active situation, and perhaps a shooting, at the Fox River Mall in Appleton, Wisconsin. The reports, including in live scanner audio, focused around the food court. You can listen to archived scanner audio below.
In what is described as an “active and on-going situation”, the Fox River Mall in Grand Chute, just outside of Appleton, has been put in lock down as the search continues for at least one suspect and possibly others, involved in a Sunday afternoon shooting. Calls of shots being fired started to arrive just after 3:30 p.m Sunday, with reports of at least two victims, one reportedly shot in the chest and the other in the hip. Authorities were asking residents and businesses in the area to shelter in place. Witnesses say the shoot did leave the scene following the barrage of shots. KFIZ News will continue to update as information becomes available.
Police are asking residents to avoid the area near the Fox River Mall in Grand Chute due to an active situation currently underway.
Grand Chute Police Department confirmed that there is an active situation near the mall and residents near the area should shelter in place and call 9-1-1 if they see anything suspicious.
No further details are available at this time, Local 5 is on the scene and will provide updates to this story as they become available.
Police referred to the possibility of injuries in the live scanner audio obtained by Heavy.com. They said they were going to leave room for medical evac and referred to counting any casualties, although it’s not yet clear whether there were any. Responding authorities were going to rally together at the food court. They referred to a “patient with a gunshot wound” at one point in the scanner audio, which you can listen to below. They said some of the incident went down near Fox River Brewing. At one point, authorities thought a shooter or shooters might have gone into Scheels store. Officers then told dispatchers they were “clearing Scheels.”
Police also said they located a male “victim” they referred to as “the gunshot victim from Scheels.” Multiple stores were locked down and authorities told people to shelter in place initially. There was a “patient in the ambulance,” according to one officer, and another was dealing with a “non-critical.”
“The suspect’s still on scene,” police said in the live scanner audio when the incident first broke. All information is preliminary. Authorities then told dispatchers they were in the food court and weren’t hearing any shots at that moment. Here’s the original scanner audio (about 15 minutes into the below audio, you hear officers start talking about the mall and food court).
WTAQ reported that authorities responded to a weapons call that might have involved a shooting, but sheriff’s officials had not yet confirmed that information. Police had not confirmed whether there was any active shooter situation or something else.
— Natalie Brophy (@brophy_natalie) January 31, 2021
On the dispatch audio when the situation broke, officers said they were going in by mall security. “We’re going to start securing that area,” an officer said, referring to the possibility of injuries.
“Multiple squad cars can be seen at the Fox River Mall. Law enforcement has yet to confirm what has happened, and are only calling it an active situation at this time,” wrote WBAY-TV on Twitter.
Videos and photos posted to social media showed a massive presence at the mall. Dispatchers said on the scanner that dispatch was “bombarded with calls.”
BREAKING: Active shooter at the Fox River mall in Appleton, Wisconsin#shooting
— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) January 31, 2021
Multiple squad cars can be seen at the Fox River Mall. Law enforcement has yet to confirm what has happened, and are only calling it an active situation at this time. UPDATES WILL BE POSTED IN THIS ARTICLE: https://t.co/jpGIaHkr6v pic.twitter.com/qZbg9Ju3Ls
— WBAY-TV 2 (@WBAY) January 31, 2021
You can listen to live scanner broadcasts here.