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Colombia : Ten people were killed and two others were injured in a shooting at a busy shopping mall in South Carolina’s capital. Colombian Police Chief WH “Skip” Holbrook said three people with firearms had been taken into custody in connection with the Saturday afternoon shooting at the Columbiana Center. He said at least one of those three men fired with a weapon.

 

“We can’t believe it was random,” Holbrook said. “We assume that they knew each other and that something led to the bullets.”

 

Officials said no casualties were reported but eight of the victims were taken to hospital. Holbrook said two of those eight are in critical condition and six are in a stable condition. He said the age of the victims is between 15 and 73 years.

 

Daniel Johnson said he and his family were coming from Alabama and eating at the food court when they first heard gunshots and saw people running. Johnson said people were shouting for their children and spouses, knocking on tables in the food court as they ran.

“Everyone was trying to get out,” Johnson said. “When I was coming out, you could see children walking, people’s phones and left keys. It was kind of a busy situation.”

Johnson said he gathered his wife, daughter and son and, after clearing the crowd for a bit, proceeded to the exit.

“My biggest thing – and not seem selfish – was to make sure our family was okay and get them out safely because it’s not something we like to do for Easter weekend.”

Heavy police presence in the area continued for hours after the shooting, although officers began to drive more traffic through the streets around shopping centers and strip malls, which are usually packed on weekends. Officers were also stationed outside a nearby hotel, which was designated as a reconnaissance zone for people and their families at the shooting site.

Employees of some shops gathered in a mostly empty parking lot on Saturday evening, waiting for police to let them in to retrieve their car keys and personal belongings so they could leave. He said he didn’t hear or see anything during the shooting but followed the mall’s alert system and was evacuated by the police shortly after. He declined to be named, citing company policies.

“Today’s isolated, senseless violence is deeply disturbing and our thoughts are with all those affected,” the Colombian Center said in a statement. “We are grateful for the prompt response and continued support of our security team and our partners in law enforcement.”

This is the latest in incidents of shootings in or near malls across the country.

A 15-year-old boy was shot in the head on Wednesday outside Brooklyn’s Atlantic Terminal Mall. His injuries were not considered life-threatening. Officials said he was with a group of boys when they got into an altercation with another group.

On Tuesday, the owner of a Southern California shoe store accidentally shot a 9-year-old girl while shooting at two shoppers in a Victor Valley mall, police said.

And earlier this month, police said six people were killed and 12 others injured in a shootout between rival gangs during a bar closure in a busy area near the Downtown Commons shopping mall and state capitol, in Sacramento, California. Went.

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