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Car in Fox River Mall shooting investigation found in Oshkosh; suspect search continues

Officers are looking for Dezman V. Ellis, age 17.
Published: Jan. 31, 2021 at 4:09 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 1, 2021 at 5:01 PM CST
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GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (WBAY) - A car sought in connection to the deadly shooting at the Fox River Mall has been located outside a duplex in Oshkosh.

A blue Dodge Avenger with Wisconsin plate AHP7939 was found in a driveway in the 200 block of W. 20th Ave Monday morning. That’s the car believed to be driven by Dezman V. Ellis, 17. Grand Chute Police say they want to interview Ellis in connection to Sunday’s shooting in the mall food court.

Ellis was not at the duplex. Four people there were arrested for Disorderly Conduct and Resisting. “When officers were inside the of residence completing and investigation, four individuals became physically combative with officers and were taken into custody,” says Oshkosh Police Officer Kate Mann.

Police identified the four as a 15-year-old boy and three females ages 16, 18 and 37.

Mann did not know of Ellis’s connection to the home or if he had been inside. A citizen spotted the car in the driveway and called police at about 7:30 a.m.

Officer Mann was not sure if the car was registered to Ellis. She says it had not been reported stolen.

Multiple law enforcement agencies are search for Dezman Ellis, who is believed to be armed and dangerous.

If you have information, call Grand Chute Police at 920-832-1575 or text “TIPGCPD” followed by your tip to 847411 (TIP411). You can also use the Grand Chute Police app.

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Update on vehicle found in shooting

#FirstAlert: Oshkosh Police are giving us more information about the discovery of a vehicle connected to the #FoxRiverMall shooting.

Posted by WBAY TV-2 on Monday, February 1, 2021

Fox River Mall Shooting update.

Posted by WBAY TV-2 on Monday, February 1, 2021
Police are looking to talk to Dezman Ellis in connection with the deadly shooting at the Fox...
Police are looking to talk to Dezman Ellis in connection with the deadly shooting at the Fox River Mall on January 31, 2021. He may be riding in a car like the one pictured.(Grand Chute Police)

Police say the shooting was a targeted incident.

Grand Chute Police identified the deceased victim as Jovanni J. Frausto, 19. He died after being taken to a hospital.

A second victim suffered minor injuries and was released from the hospital. Police did not release that person’s name.

The Fox River Mall is closed Monday.

“Out of respect for the victims, their families, and in support of the ongoing investigation, Fox River Mall will remain closed on Monday, February 1,” reads a statement on Facebook.

Mall staff say department stores and restaurants with exterior entrances may open.

Out of respect for the victims, their families, and in support of the ongoing investigation, Fox River Mall will remain...

Posted by Fox River Mall on Monday, February 1, 2021

The Scheels store offered thanks to law enforcement and first responders.

Earlier today there was an isolated shooter situation in the food court at the Fox River Mall. We are thankful that all...

Posted by Scheels on Sunday, January 31, 2021

The Doc Popcorn snack shop tweeted that its employees were safe. They’ll remain closed until Feb. 3.

Officers were called to the mall at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. They say shots were fired in the mall’s main corridor.

Squad cars from multiple agencies could still be seen surrounding the building late Sunday evening, especially near the food court area, where witnesses tell Action 2 News is where they heard the shots go off.

“All of a sudden we heard gun shots and everybody scrambling in the mall asking what’s happening and everybody was telling me there was a shooting and anybody who was in the food court by Rocky’s I immediately told them to jump my counter, get in the bathroom and lock the door,” said Lili Jones, an employee at the Fox River Mall.

Action 2 News cameras caught a crowd coming out of the mall a short time after the shooting, and some had their hands up in the air.

“We were in GNC and then we saw people running. It was like nails, when you hammer a nail and obviously we bolted in back too,” said Abbey Ames, who was shopping at the mall.

“Everything just got silent and they shut all of the cages real quick and we jumped in the back room and sat down, got secured,” said shopper Nicholas Suprise.

“We had to walk out with our hands up to show safety, to show that we’re not a threat,” said shopper TJ Delaney.

Officers searched the mall and safely escorted all shoppers and workers out of the building. Police blocked off the mall at every exit, and kept traffic away.

Shoppers told us how difficult it was to make a split-second decision.

“Definitely like panic, but also had that moment where it’s like do I move? What do I do? Where it’s like that really quick instant thing, like stay or run,” says Abby Ames.

Shopper Tristan Davison said, “You freeze up, you know you should do something, but you can’t.”

The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation is assisting Grand Chute Police.

Appleton Mayor Jake Woodford tweeted his thanks to the first responders and law enforcement who responded to the scene.

Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson proclaimed Feb. 1 as “Law Enforcement, Fire, First Responders and Support-Agency Day” in Outagamie County.

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Action 2 News will continue to bring you updates on this developing story.

Initial report:

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (WBAY) - Police say a shooting at the Fox River Mall Sunday afternoon has turned deadly.

At a 7:30 p.m. news briefing, police said one of the two people shot during the incident had died. The other victim suffered minor injuries.

The identification of the victim who died won’t be released until family members are notified.

Police are still currently following up on leads in their investigation, and are speaking with witnesses.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Grand Chute Police Department at 920-832-1575.

Grand Chute Police couldn’t say if there was any danger to the public Sunday evening.

During the conference, police said a detailed search of the mall was still underway, and was estimated to be 85% complete. Officials said they expected to be finished with their search by about 8:30 p.m.

Police said the Chuck E. Cheese location on Michaels Drive is being used as a way to reconnect family and those who were at the scene.

Authorities have not identified a suspect or a motive at this time, however police said during their 6 p.m. briefing the shooter left the mall.

As of this time, no one has been arrested.

Police say any additional information regarding a suspect or the shooting victims will be provided in a release.

Grand Chute Police said officers were called to a shooting at the mall at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Outagamie County Sheriff’s Office is asking community members to stay away from the mall area.

Squad cars from multiple agencies could still be seen surrounding the building late Sunday evening, especially near the food court area, where witnesses tell Action 2 News is where they heard the shots go off.

Police are not letting anyone into the mall as of Sunday evening

Action 2 News spoke with a few witnesses who were in the mall Sunday afternoon who, although visibly shaken, described the scene as they fled the area.

“All of a sudden we heard gun shots and everybody scrambling in the mall asking what’s happening and everybody was telling me there was a shooting and anybody who was in the food court by Rocky’s I immediately told them to jump my counter, get in the bathroom and lock the door,” said Lili Jones, an employee at the Fox River Mall.

Others inside the mall did the same thing, with many staying in lockdown or sheltering in place until police gave the all clear.

Action 2 News cameras caught a crowd coming out of the mall a short time after the shooting, and some had their hands up in the air.

“We were in GNC and then we saw people running. It was like nails, when you hammer a nail and obviously we bolted in back too,” said Abbey Ames, who was shopping at the mall.

“Everything just got silent and they shut all of the cages real quick and we jumped in the back room and sat down, got secured,” said Nicholas Suprise, a fellow shopper.

During the incident, police blocked off the mall at every exit, and kept traffic away.

Tristan Davison, who was also shopping at the mall, said it was tough to anticipate how to react.

“You freeze up, you know you should do something, but you can’t,” said Davison.

“This is the first time I’ve ever like heard gun shots literally in a mall. I’ve been working here since August. This is all a shock to me. I’m still shaking terribly, I’m lucky,” said Jones.

In addition, community members are asked to only call 911 if they have important information to provide regarding the active situation at the mall, and not to ask questions about the incident.

Check back for more details as they become available.

Law enforcement at the scene of an active situation at Fox River Mall.
Law enforcement at the scene of an active situation at Fox River Mall.(WBAY Staff)

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