In Columbia, South Carolina, police say 14 people have been injured in a shooting at a bustling mall and the man arrested has been placed under house arrest after panicking Easter weekend shoppers fled for safety.
Javin M. Price, 22, was initially detained by law enforcement as an interested person along with two others. He was charged with illegal possession of a firearm And face other charges, said police chief WH “Skip” Holbrook.
A judge on Sunday Set a $ 25,000 guarantee for the price, Who is now under house arrest and ordered to wear an ankle monitor, according to police. Fees will be allowed to go from home to work. He is also barred from contacting the injured or others involved in the shooting.
The other two who were initially arrested have been released from police custody.
Fourteen people, including 15- to 73-year-olds, were injured in a shooting and “congestion” at Columbiana Center Mall on Saturday afternoon, police said. Nine people were treated for gunshot wounds and five suffered “other injuries” as they tried to flee the scene, including broken bones, fractures and head injuries.
The victim, a 73-year-old woman, was hospitalized for treatment until Saturday night.
Police believe three people displayed their guns at the mall, and officials said initial ballistic evidence indicated that at least two different guns were used by the two suspects. Police said at least one gun was seized.
The shooting was not accidental, but “may have emerged from an isolated incident between suspects and an ongoing confrontation,” police said.
Rules of conduct for the Columbiana Center Mall Prohibits “guns or illegal weapons.” On campus, according to its website. Although South Carolina passed a new law last August that allows for the carrying of concealed firearms with a training permit in the open, private or public employers may prohibit people from carrying their belongings under the law.
Jaime Harrison, chairman of the Democratic National Committee and former leader of the South Carolina Democrats; He shared his sympathy for the injured Saturday night on Twitter.
“These tragedies bring us closer to home,” Harrison wrote. “Some Colombian families were shopping over the Easter weekend, and now their lives have changed forever. # The nation must find the courage, strength and leadership to stop gun violence.”
Contributed by: Associated Press
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