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10 people shot dead at Columbiana mall in South Carolina

Ten people were shot and injured Saturday at a mall in Columbia, South Carolina, according to law enforcement.

Two other people were injured in the ensuing “scramble” as panicked shoppers rushed to safety, Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said at a news conference. There were no fatalities.

The incident began around 2 p.m. near a Gap store, when several people brandished weapons and at least one fired shots. Three persons of interest are in custody, Holbrook said.

The police chief said law enforcement did not believe the attack was “random” and it appeared the three people in custody knew each other.

The victims were between the ages of 15 and 73. Two are in critical but stable condition, Holbrook said, while six others are in stable condition in area hospitals.

A “mix of law enforcement” responded to the mall after emergency responders began receiving reports of a mass shooting, Holbrook said.

The scene was still under active investigation as of 5 p.m. as law enforcement worked to clear the entire mall, escorting those still inside to safety .

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