Shooting at a mall in Columbia, South Carolina: 1 person arrested in connection with shooting that injured 14, police say


A man has been arrested in connection with the shooting at the Columbiana Center mall on Saturday that left 14 people injured, police said.

The 22-year-old is charged with unlawfully carrying a pistol, the Columbia Police Department said in a news release. Police said investigators are consulting with prosecutors and further charges are possible.

He was among three people arrested after the shooting. Police said two other detained men were released after investigators determined they were not involved.

No deaths have been reported from the shooting at the mall, just 10 miles from downtown Columbia, Police Chief William H. “Skip” Holbrook said Saturday.

The shooting unfolded around 2pm in what police believe was a clash between armed individuals inside the mall.

Police initially said 12 people were injured, but later updated that number to 14, of whom at least nine were shot. Police said the other five were injured as they tried to flee; their injuries included broken bones and a head injury.

The ages of the victims ranged from 15 to 73, police said. On Saturday evening, a 73-year-old woman remained hospitalized.

Three of the 14 injured victims were being treated at Lexington Medical Center for gunshot wounds and are expected to be released, hospital spokeswoman Jennifer Wilson said.

The other 11 people injured were treated at Prisma Health. Nine of them have already been treated and released, Prisma Health spokeswoman Tammie Epps told CNN on Saturday night.

Police request information from witnesses

Police seized a firearm linked to the shooting, and evidence from the crime scene shows that at least two different firearms were used by two suspects, police said.

At least three suspects showed firearms inside the mall, but it’s unclear whether they all fired shots, the statement said.

“The shooting is believed to have been an isolated incident between the suspects and likely stemmed from an ongoing conflict,” police said in the news release.

The police chief said investigators believe those involved in the shooting knew each other.

“This was not a situation where a random person showed up at a mall to discharge a gun and injure people,” Holbrook said at a Saturday news conference.

Police are asking witnesses to call 803-545-3525 to share any information or video of the shooting.

“We know a lot of people saw different things. Please take a moment, collect your thoughts, and contact law enforcement,” Holbrook said.

After the shooting, mall officials released a statement that was tweeted by the Colombian police.

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

CNN’s Michelle Watson, Holly Yan, Emma Tucker and Andy Rose contributed to this report.




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