Who is Jovanni Frausto? Fox River Mall shooting Victim, Biography, Wiki
The Grand Chute Police Department has identified a suspect in the Fox River Mall shooting late Sunday night.
According to a release, police said they’re looking for Dezman Ellis for his alleged involvement. Police believe the 17-year-old played a part in the shooting, which killed one person and injured another. Officials identified 19-year-old Jovanni Frausto as the victim who died. The other victim was treated at a hospital and has since been released.
Police believe Ellis is driving a 2012 Dodge Avenger with a Wisconsin license plate AHP-7939. Officials believe he has a weapon, and could be dangerous. The police department is asking anyone who sees Ellis to contact them immediately at 920-832-1575.
PRESS RELEASE – G21001999
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: January 31, 2021
Type of call: Shooting pic.twitter.com/zbCcNCDGwF
— Grand Chute Police Department (@GrandChutePD) February 1, 2021
Grand Chute police said 16 agencies helped them respond to the shooting, including the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation.
Police have found the car believed to have been connected to the fatal shooting Sunday afternoon at the Fox River Mall.
At 7:30 a.m. Monday, police got a tip that the car, a blue 2012 Dodge Avenger, was parked in the 200 block of West 20th Avenue in Oshkosh, the Oshkosh Police Department said early Monday afternoon.
When officers from Grand Chute and Oshkosh arrived at the scene, four people at the residence “became physically combative” with the officers, police said. Those four people — a 15-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl, an 18-year-old woman and a 37-year-old woman — all were arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and resisting police.
Police still are looking for 17-year-old Dezman V. Ellis for questioning about his involvement in the shooting. Ellis was believed to have been riding in the car, police said.
The shooting at the Fox River Mall that left one dead and one injured was a targeted attack, police said Monday.
“This incident was a targeted event and not just a random act of violence” where the shooter decided to open fire inside the mall, Travis Waas, public information officer for Grand Chute police, told USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin.
Police said Ellis is considered armed and dangerous. “If located, do not confront him,” Waas said. “Contact law enforcement immediately.”
Anyone with information about the shooting should call Grand Chute police at 920-832-1575 or send a tip by texting TIPGCPD, followed by the tip, to 847411.
Police identified the man who died in the shooting as Jovanni J. Frausto, 19, of Neenah. The other victim was treated for minor injuries and released from a hospital.
Frausto’s mother, Tanya Frausto, has created a GoFundMe page, hoping to raise $10,000 for funeral expenses.
“I am a single mother of 4,” the message on the page says. ” My son was senselessly murdered on January 31st, 2021 at the Fox River Mall in Grand Chute, Wisconsin. I need funds to help pay for funeral expenses as I never expected to have to bury my 19-year-old son to gun violence. This would cover his viewing and his cremation expenses. Anything would help and be greatly appreciated. This is a difficult time for our family and we ask for your prayers.”
Police responded to the mall around 3:30 p.m. Sunday for reports that shots were fired inside the mall near the food court. Waas said the shooter left the mall before officers arrived at the scene.
Some shoppers fled the mall in the aftermath of the shooting. Others, along with mall store employees, found places to hide. Authorities directed people inside the mall to shelter in place.
It took about five hours for police to escort out all of the people who had sheltered in place. Waas didn’t know how many people that was.
“The mall is always busy,” he said.
Fox River Mall officials announced that the mall will be closed Monday, though stores and restaurants with outside entrances may open.