Shooting in a mall in Columbia, South Carolina: 12 injured, 3 people arrested after shooting in a mall


Correction: An earlier version of this story misrepresented the status of three people linked to the shooting. They were arrested by the police.



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Twelve people were injured and three people were arrested following a shooting at a mall in Columbia, South Carolina on Saturday afternoon, police said.

The incident happened on the premises of the Columbiana Center Mall, Columbia Police Chief William H. “Skip” Holbrook said. No deaths were reported in the shooting, he said.

Holbrook said three people with guns were arrested by police, although it’s unclear how many people actually fired a gun. Police believe the shooting was not a random attack, he added.

“We believe the armed individuals knew each other and there was some type of conflict that culminated in the shooting,” Holbrook said at a Saturday afternoon news conference. “This was not a situation where a random person showed up at a mall to discharge a gun and hurt people.”

Of the injured, 10 suffered gunshot wounds, eight of whom were transported for treatment and two were transported themselves for treatment, according to Holbrook.

Nine of the 12 people injured in the shooting have been discharged from hospital, according to medical provider Prisma Health.

“Of the 11 patients seen at Prisma Health hospitals in the Midlands, nine have been treated and discharged,” Prisma Health spokeswoman Tammie Epps said on Saturday evening. “Two patients were admitted.”

“Prisma Health sends its thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by the incident at Columbiana Center Mall, including our first responders,” Epps said.

According to Columbia police, another victim was taken to Lexington Medical Center. CNN contacted this hospital for information.

The oldest victim is 73, Holbrook said, and the youngest is 15.

Two of the gunshot victims are in critical but stable condition, he said, and six are in stable condition. Two people suffered non-gunshot injuries in what Holbrook described as a “scramble” after the incident.

Police learned of the shooting after receiving a call about gunfire in the mall near the Gap store, Holbrook said.

“We ask that the public stay out of the area,” Holbrook said.

Mall officials released a statement that was released by Columbia Police on Twitter That said, “Today’s isolated and senseless act of violence is extremely upsetting, and our hearts go out to all those affected. We are grateful for the quick response and continued support of our security team and our law enforcement partners.

Columbia police have set up a hotline for witnesses to the shooting and are asking anyone with video of the shooting to contact them.

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

The mall’s main entrance is closed, according to CNN affiliate WIS. Parts of I-26 near Harbison, South Carolina, are closed, WIS reported.

“Employees inside the mall who have been told to shelter in place for safety, law enforcement officers will come to you as a protected escort. DO NOT leave a store until told to do so by the proper authorities,” Columbia Police tweeted.

Police were also asking people inside the mall to call law enforcement and notify dispatchers of their location. Officers were working to evacuate the mall after reports of gunfire.

Several police departments are seen outside the Columbiana Center Mall in Columbia SC.

A reunification site has been set up near the mall, according to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. The site is open for “those who have loved ones involved in the Columbiana Mall shooting”, tweeted the department.

The reunification site is the Fairfield Inn at 320 Columbiana Drive.

Authorities are asking people in the area to be careful as it will be a “high traffic area”.

Columbiana Center Mall is approximately 10 miles from downtown Columbia.




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