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Wauwatosa small business owner fears people will stay away from Mayfair Mall after shooting

Posted at 6:49 PM, Nov 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-23 19:49:08-05

WAUWATOSA, Wis. — Businesses are back open at Mayfair Mall, but some owners fear the shooting might leave lasting damage in an already tough year.

Last Friday afternoon, the workers and owner at Celebrity Status Barber and Beauty were taking a break between clients when they heard something.


“I heard about seven shots. Pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, as I was on the second floor in Mayfair Mall,” said barber Jairld Spears.

The former Marine says with his military background he knew immediately what the pops were.

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Police officials walk to the Mayfair Mall, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in Wauwatosa, Wis. Multiple people were shot Friday afternoon at the mall and police are still searching for the shooter. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

“I said somebody’s gotta gun,” said Spears .

Spears and the other workers got out safely. Now as the mall reopens for normal business, the owner Sammy Belton is worried people will be afraid to return. Belton says he thought he already lived through the worst for his business.


“We were closed for part of the pandemic, shut down for almost three months. We had to come back, but thriving besides all the adversity,” said Belton.

Now he hopes his walk-ins and other people who frequent the mall, don’t stay away.

“I feel safe, more now because police are all over walking everywhere, more than ever,” said Belton.

Mayfair Mall has increase security and Wauwatosa Police are patrolling inside as well.

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