Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Columbia, South Carolina mall shooting: 1 person arrested in connection with shooting that left 14 people injured, police say

One man has been arrested in connection with the shooting at the Columbiana Center mall on Saturday that left 14 people hurt, police said.

Jewayne Price, 22, will be charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol, the Columbia Police Department said in a news release. Police said investigators are consulting with prosecutors, and more charges are possible.

In a court hearing Sunday, a judge set a $25,000 bond, with the stipulation that Price would be under house arrest and required to wear an ankle monitor, police said.

“The judge will allow Price to travel from home to work certain times of the day,” the agency tweeted.

CNN has been unable to determine whether Price has legal representation.

He was one three people detained following the shooting. Police said two other men who were detained were released after investigators determined they weren’t involved.

No fatalities were reported following the shooting at the mall, just 10 miles from downtown Columbia, Police Chief William H. “Skip” Holbrook said Saturday.

The shooting unfolded around 2 pm during what police believe was a clash between armed people inside the mall.

Police initially said 12 people were injured but later updated that number to 14 — at least nine of whom were shot. Police said the five others were injured while attempting to flee; their injuries included broken bones and a head injury.

The victims’ ages range from 15 to 73, police said. As of late Saturday, a 73-year-old woman remained hospitalized.

Three of the 14 injured victims were being treated at Lexington Medical Center for gunshot wounds and are expected to be released, hospital spokesperson Jennifer Wilson said.

The other 11 people injured were treated at Prisma Health. Nine of them have already been treated and released, Prisma Health spokesperson Tammie Epps told CNN on Saturday night.

Police ask witnesses for information

Police seized one firearm related to the shooting, and evidence from the crime scene shows at least two different firearms were used by two suspects, police said.

At least three suspects displayed guns inside the mall, but it’s not clear whether they all fired shots, the release said.

“It is believed that the shooting was an isolated incident between the suspects and likely stemmed from an on-going conflict,” police said in the news release.

Law enforcement gather outside Columbiana Center mall Saturday.

The police chief said investigators believe those involved in the shooting knew each other.

“This was not a situation where we had some random person show up at a mall to discharge a firearm and insult people,” Holbrook said at a Saturday news conference.

Police are asking witnesses to call 803-545-3525 to share any information about or video of the shooting.

“We know a lot of people saw different things. Please take a moment, collect your thoughts and reach out to law enforcement,” Holbrook said.

After the shooting, mall officials issued a statement that was tweeted by Columbia Police.

“Today’s isolated, senseless act of violence is extremely upsetting, and our thoughts are impacted with everyone,” the statement read. “We are grateful for the quick response and continued support of our security team and our partners in law enforcement.”

CNN’s Michelle Watson, Holly Yan, Emma Tucker, Andy Rose and Raja Razek contributed to this report.

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