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April 16 (Reuters) – Twelve people were injured, 10 of them by gunfire, in a shootout that broke out at a mall in Columbia, South Carolina, on Saturday and three people were arrested, police said.
Columbia Police Chief William Holbrook said the Columbiana Center mall shooting was not considered a random act of violence, but rather stemmed from “some kind of conflict” between a group of individuals armed who knew each other.
However, details surrounding the shooting remained unclear, he said. Local media reported a heavy presence of police and emergency personnel at the mall about 10 miles north of downtown Columbia, the state capital.
No one was killed in the incident, which took place around 2 p.m. local time. But 10 people were hit by gunfire, and eight of them were taken to area hospitals. Of those, two were listed in critical but stable condition and six in stable condition, Holbrook said at a news conference hours later.
The gunshot victims were between the ages of 73 and 15, he said. Two other people were injured in a “rush” of bystanders running for cover.
At least three people were carrying guns inside the mall, and at least one of them actually fired a gun, Holbrook said. Three people were arrested in connection with the shooting, he said.
Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Washington and Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Editing by Cynthia Osterman
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