COLUMBIA, S.C. (WJBF) – The Columbia Police Department is investigating following a mall shooting Saturday.
Authorities say three people were detained as a person of interest, including 22-year-old Jewayne M. Price. He’s in custody and is expected to be charged with unlawful carrying a pistol. Two other males were released after it was determined they were not involved in the incident.
The investigation revealed at least three suspects showed weapons inside the mall. Authorities are working to determine how many suspects used them.
One firearm was seized. Evidence from the scene showed two suspects used at least two different weapons, authorities say.
It is believed the shooting was an isolated incident stemming from an ongoing conflict.
Columbia Police Chief Holbrook said that there were 14 people injured and no fatalities reported.
The victims are between 15 and 73-years-old. Nine suffered gunshot wounds; five suffered other injuries, including broken bones, lacerations, and a head injury, while trying to leave the mall. A 73-year-old female is still recovering at a local hospital.
In a court hearing Sunday afternoon, a judge set a surety bond of $25,000 for Price. He is also on house arrest and ordered to wear an ankle monitor. The judge will allow Price to travel from home to work at certain times of the day.
Authorities are asking anyone with information to contact their Criminal Investigations Bureau at 803-545-3525.
Columbia Police Department released the following statement on behalf of Columbiana Centre:
“Today’s isolated, senseless act of violence is extremely upsetting and our thoughts are with everyone impacted. We are grateful for the quick response and continued support of our security team and our partners in law enforcement.”Columbia Police Department released following statement on behalf of Columbiana Centre:
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