Thursday, December 1 2022

A 22-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the shooting, police said.

One person was arrested Saturday in connection with a shooting at a South Carolina mall in which 14 people were injured, officials said.

Columbia police said they arrested 22-year-old Jewayne M. Price for illegally carrying a gun. Police said additional charges may be forthcoming.

Investigators said they are still looking to identify at least two suspects who were seen with firearms.

Nine people were shot dead and five others were injured as they fled the mall, police said. The injured were between 15 and 73 years old, police said. Only one victim, a 73-year-old woman, continued to receive medical treatment, police said.

“All other victims have been treated and released or will be released shortly,” police said in a statement.

Police said earlier Saturday that 10 people were shot and injured at the Columbiana Center mall in Columbia, South Carolina. The incident took place around 2:28 p.m., and officers responded to the scene and began going from store to store to evacuate people, police said.

Two of the victims were in critical but stable condition earlier Saturday, Columbia Police Chief William Holbrook told reporters at an evening news conference.

“What’s important is that we don’t have any fatalities,” he told reporters.

The chief said three individuals, whom he classified as “persons of interest”, have been arrested. The individuals were seen armed and at least one of them fired a shot, according to Holbrook.

“We don’t think it’s random,” he said. “We believe that the individuals who were armed knew each other.”

Price was later identified as one of three people held for questioning, police said. The other two were released.

Store owners locked down and sheltered people in place as police swept through the mall, Holbrook said. They are reunited with their friends and family members.

Columbiana Center tweeted a statement saying the violent incident was “extremely upsetting and our thoughts are with everyone affected.”

“We are grateful for the quick response and continued support from our security team and law enforcement partners,” the mall said in a statement.

The investigation is ongoing. Holbrook asked anyone with video or information related to the shooting to call police.

“We know a lot of different people have seen a lot of different things. We’re asking them to take a moment, clear their thoughts, and contact law enforcement,” he said.

Prisma Health, a network of South Carolina hospitals whose facilities have received 11 victims, said in a statement that nine had been treated and discharged. Prisma did not share the condition of the two remaining patients in her care.

A representative from Lexington Medical Center told ABC News that no one from the shooting is currently admitted. Police previously said Lexington received casualties.

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