SEVERAL people were injured in a shooting at the Columbiana Center mall in South Carolina.
The Columbia Police Department has confirmed this The injured receive medical care.
The extent of the injuries is not yet known.
police warned buyers and employees to hide until officers came to escort her out of the mall.
So far, the police have not announced this arrest of any suspects.
Casey Poole told the Sun he was with friends at the Buckle store in the mall when they heard what sounded like rain but turned out to be gunshots.
They turned and saw people running away from the noise. Store employees locked the doors and held the shoppers behind.
One of the staff then confirmed to the group that there was an active gunman at the mall.
Poole says he spoke to other people who were out shopping and said: “A few people were shot and some were trampled on.”
He also saw a person being handcuffed in the parking lot after police surrounded the car with guns drawn.
Poole says an automatic weapon may have been used based on the sound of the gunfire.
J. Canty, a security guard at the mall, said it was still an active situation as law enforcement worked to evacuate the mall, the reports Charlotte Observer.
Canty also said there is a belief one or more shooters are still at the mall, which is in a lockdown that could last hours.
Columbia and Irmo police patrol vehicles and Lexington County Sheriff’s deputies are at the mall.
The mall parking lot was closed when dozens of emergency vehicles arrived in the area.
Police officers with firearms and camouflage vests were seen entering the mall at around 3:20 p.m.
At least one ambulance was seen exiting the mall just after 3pm.
The Police Department tweeted Officials respond to the scene at the mall.
Around 2:30 p.m., the Columbia Police Department reported that shots were fired at the Columbiana mall.
Several tweets from people claiming to be in the mall say they heard gunshots near the food court.
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