Officials say one individual was arrested on Saturday in connection with a shooting at a South Carolina mall that injured 14 people.
Jewayne M. Price, 22, was arrested on a charge of unauthorised carrying of a handgun, according to Columbia Police. Additional charges may be filed, according to the police.
Investigators said they were still looking for at least two men with guns who were observed in the area.
According to authorities, nine people were shot and five more were injured while leaving the mall. According to officials, the injured ranged in age from 15 to 73 years old. Only one victim, a 73-year-old woman, is still being treated, according to authorities.
"All other victims have been treated and released," police said in a statement.
Ten individuals were injured by gunfire at the Columbiana Centre mall in Columbia, South Carolina, police confirmed earlier on Saturday. The incident occurred at 2:28 p.m., and cops arrived on the scene and began evacuating individuals from store to store, according to police.
Columbia Police Chief William Holbrook told reporters at an evening news conference that two of the victims were in critical but stable condition early on Saturday.
"What matters," he told reporters, "is that there are no fatalities."
Three persons were held, according to the chief, who designated them as "people of interest." According to Holbrook, the individuals were seen armed, and at least one of them allegedly fired a shot.
"We don't think this happened at random," he said. "We assume the armed individuals knew one another."
According to authorities, Price was eventually recognised as one of the three people detained for interrogation. The other two were taken into prison but later released.
As the cops stormed through the retail complex, store owners shut down and sheltered people in place, according to Holbrook. Friends and family members are being reunited with them.
The violent incident was "very upsetting, and our prayers are with everyone touched," Columbiana Centre said in a statement.
"We appreciate our security team's prompt response and continuous support, as well as our law enforcement partners," the mall stated in a statement.
The investigation is still underway. Anyone with video or information on the shooting should contact the police, according to Holbrook.
"We know that a variety of people observed a variety of things. He stated, "We're urging them to take a moment, clear their heads, and contact police enforcement."
Prisma Health, a South Carolina-based network of hospitals that received 11 individuals, stated in a statement that nine of them were treated and released. According To Uswhispers.com
The condition of the two remaining patients in Prisma's care was not disclosed.