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12 injured in shooting at Columbiana Center mall in South Carolina, police say; 3 inmates

COLUMBIA, SC — Ten people have been shot dead and two others injured in a shooting at a shopping center in South Carolina’s capital, which authorities do not consider a random attack.

Three people who had firearms were arrested in connection with Saturday afternoon’s shooting at the Columbiana Center, Columbia Police Chief WH “Skip” Holbrook said. He said that at least one of these three people had fired a weapon.

“We don’t think it was random,” Holbrook said. “We believe they knew each other and something led to the shootings.”

Authorities said no deaths were reported, but eight of the victims were taken to hospital. Of those eight, two were in critical condition and six were in stable condition, Holbrook said. The victims ranged in age from 15 to 73, he said.

The mall was being evacuated store by store, and police urged anyone still sheltering inside to call 911 so authorities could find them.

On Saturday evening, workers from a few stores huddled in the near-empty parking lot said they didn’t hear or see anything during the shooting, but followed the mall’s alert system and were evacuated by the police. police soon after. They said they had waited for hours since police let them inside to collect their car keys and belongings so they could leave. They declined to give their names, citing company policies.

“Today’s isolated and senseless act of violence is extremely upsetting and our hearts go out to all those affected,” the Columbiana Center said in a statement. “We are grateful for the quick response and continued support from our security team and law enforcement partners.”

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