‘‘We’re just sitting watching the news and also trying to find out what’s going on,’’ she said about 3 p.m.
Austin Della, 17, was working at a department store in the mall when he heard announcements over the loudspeaker asking people to move their cars out of one parking lot. The mall was then locked down for almost three hours, he said, and customers joked about the good service they would get as the only clients in the store.
‘‘Everyone was really calm,’’ Della said. ‘‘If not for all the announcements, I don’t think anyone would have known that anything was happening.’’
It was the second mass shooting in Wisconsin this year. Wade Michael Page, a 40-year-old Army veteran and white supremacist, killed six people and injured three others before fatally shooting himself Aug. 5 at a Sikh temple south of Milwaukee.
Sunday’s shooting took place less than a mile from where seven people were killed and four wounded on March 12, 2005, when a gunman opened fire at a Living Church of God service held at a hotel.
Associated Press writer Steve Karnowski in Minneapolis and researcher Lynn Dombek in New York contributed to this report.
Dinesh Ramde can be reached at dramde(at)ap.org.