Printed on Fri Aug 12 2022 6:55:59 AM

12 Injured, 3 Detained in shooting at South Carolina

International desk
South Carolina
Ten people were shot and two others were injured in taking shots at a shopping mall in South Carolina's capital that authorities do not believe was a random attack.

Three people who had guns have been detained in connection with the Saturday afternoon shooting at Columbiana Centre, Columbia Police Chief W.H. Skip Holbrook affirmed. He said at least one of those three people fired a weapon.

We don't believe this was random, Holbrook said. We believe they knew each other and something prompted the gunfire.

Authorities said no fatalities have been reported but that eight of the victims were taken to the 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 shopping center was being cleared store-by-store and police asked anybody actually shielding inside to call 911 so that authorities could find them.

Workers from a couple of stores clustered in the mostly empty parking lot Saturday evening said they had not heard or seen anything during the gunshots but followed the mall's alert system and were evacuated by police shortly after.

They said they had been waiting hours ever since for police to let them back inside to retrieve their car keys and personal belongings so they could leave. They declined to give their names, citing company policies.

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