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Police: Teen Sought in Fatal Shooting at Wisconsin Mall

February 1, 2021

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. — Police on Monday were looking for a teenager suspected in a shooting at a mall in northern Wisconsin that left one person dead and another wounded.

Dezman Ellis, 17, was being sought after gunfire erupted around 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Fox River Mall in Grand Chute, police Officer Travis Waas said in a statement. The victims were specifically targeted, police said, and Ellis should be considered armed and dangerous.

Waas said in an email Monday that Ellis was "considered a suspect."

Jovanni J. Frausto, 19, died in the shooting, the police statement said. A second person who was also shot went to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and was later released.

Photos from the scene showed officers, some in tactical gear, staging outside the mall and what appeared to be customers walking out with their hands in the air.

Haylie Mirr, who works at a mall restaurant called Box Lunch, said she didn't know anything about the shooting, but said: "People just started running. We just locked the doors, and we had four customers in the store, we brought them to our back room."

They waited at least three hours for the all-clear.

Police said they were interviewing witnesses and following leads. No motive was immediately released.

It was the second recent mall shooting in Wisconsin. In November, eight people were injured in a shooting  after a confrontation at a mall in Wauwatosa, in suburban Milwaukee. A 15-year-old boy was arrested and charged.

Grand Chute is a town of about 22,000 on the outskirts of Appleton, about 100 miles (161 kilometers) north of Milwaukee.

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