A suspect has been arrested in connection with a shooting that left 14 people injured at a crowded shopping mall in South Carolina’s capital on Saturday, April 16, 2022. Jewayne M. Price, 22, who was one of three people first arrested by law enforcement as a person of interest, remains in police custody and is expected to be charged with the unauthorized carrying of a weapon, according to Columbia Police Chief W.H. “Skip” Holbrook. It is unclear whether Price has retained an attorney who could speak on his behalf. Check complete details of the matter in the article below.
According to a news release issued by Holbrook on Saturday, fourteen persons were hurt during the incident at Columbiana Centre. The victims were between the ages of 15 and 73. The Columbia Police Chief further said that no fatalities have been reported. However, around nine people were shot whereas five people sustained injuries while trying to escape the mall for safety. The 73-year-old victim is reported to be in critical condition. Apart from him, other victims have been released or will be released shortly from local hospitals. One statement of the police chief has shocked the netizens.
Holbrook has stated that the authorities believe the shooter knew those people and that it was not random. The Police Chief went on to say that at least three suspects showed firearms inside the mall but are working to determine how many suspects fired weapons. Besides, it is reported that the officers seized at least one firearm. Daniel Johnson, who was present at the place when the horrific shootout happened, said that he and his family were eating in the food court when they suddenly heard shots ring out. It resulted in people running here and there. According to Johnson, people were screaming for their loved ones.
Johnson wanted to make sure that everyone in his family headed toward the exit safely as it was not something they had planned for Easter. Let us add, hours after the shooting, heavy police presence continued in the area. However, the vehicles were not stopped as the officers let more traffic through the streets. Well, this is not the first time when such kind of incident has happened. Recently, a Southern California shoe store owner shot a 9-year-old when he was actually trying to fire two shoplifters at the Mall of Victor Valley. Keep following our site for more latest news and updates.
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