Wisconsin mall shooting case staying in juvenile court

Boy, 15, Charged In Wisconsin Mall Shooting That Injured 8
Nam Y. Huh

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2020 file photo, FBI officials and police stand outside the Mayfair Mall after a shooting in Wauwatosa, Wis. A 15-year-old boy faces multiple charges in connection with last week's shooting at a Wisconsin mall that left eight people injured.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The case of a 15-year-old boy charged with shooting and wounding eight people at a suburban Milwaukee mall last year will remain in juvenile court.

The Milwaukee teen in a petition for juvenile delinquency faces eight felony counts of first-degree reckless injury and one misdemeanor count of possessing a firearm while under 18 in connection with the Nov. 20 shooting at Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa.

A Milwaukee County judge ruled Thursday that prosecutors had not met their burden to support moving the case to adult court.

Assistant Public Defender Paul Rifelj argued that the boy’s personality was that of a child and that the treatment services available to him in the juvenile system would be best to help him.