Police do not believe the shooting was accidental.
Colombian police say 12 people, including 10, have been injured in a shooting at the Columbiana Center in northern Colombia on Saturday. Police say there are no fatalities at the moment.
Colombian police chief Skip Holbrook made the latest statement about the shooting, saying it was not accidental and that he believed those involved knew each other. The chief said three people had been detained but were not named as suspects, but they believed at least one of them had opened fire. Police are asking anyone with information about the incidents to call 803-545-3525.
Holbrook said 911 at 2:03 p.m., a man opened fire near the Gap Store in the mall. When police arrived, 12 people were injured. Holbrook said 10 people were shot and two of them were in critical but stable condition. Two people were injured in the next crowd.
The age of the victims varies from 15 to 73. Some were taken to nearby Prisma Health Parkridge, while others were taken to Prisma Health Richland and Lexington Medical Center. Prisma Health said 11 of the patients were taken to hospitals.
Witnesses told News19 that they heard “many” loud gunshots inside the building and people were rushing out of the shops. They also said they saw people on the ground.
Several callers said there were heavy police and ambulances in the mall, and many people were trying to leave.
Holbrook said they found shelter for people in the mall after the shooting. Officials are going door to door to rescue those people.
According to law enforcement agencies, a reunion website has been set up for those who have families in the shooting. This location is at the Fairfield Inn at 320 Columbiana Drive. People can call 803-732-4436 for more information about the place.
CONTACTS: Where to go if you’re looking for loved ones after a shoot at Columbiana Mall
Irmo Police are also assisting and urging the public to flee the area as the investigation continues. The South Carolina Highway Patrol closed landings and descents from I-26 to Harbison Boulevard, both east and west. There are also roads leading to the mall on Columbiana Drive.
Police ask everyone to stay away from the area to pick up family members while they are not there.
Columbiana Mall later issued a statement about the shooting through Colombian police:
“Today’s isolated, senseless act of violence is very disappointing and our thoughts are with everyone affected. We are grateful for the rapid response and continued support of our security team and our law enforcement partners.”
News19 correspondent Whitney Sullivan says there is heavy traffic in the area.
This is an evolving story. Please check again as updates develop.
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