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Several people injured in shooting at South Carolina mall, police say

A shooting at a mall in Columbia, South Carolina, left several people injured.

Authorities said the shooting took place at 2:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon at the Columbiana Center, a one-story indoor mall.

“We have confirmed that people were injured in the incident – they are receiving medical attention,” police tweeted. “The extent of the injuries is unknown at this time.”

The state Columbia Deputy Police Chief Melron Kelly reports that several people were shot, but no deaths were reported.

Thirteen people were taken for medical treatment, but it is not known how many of these people suffered gunshot wounds. Some could have been trampled after gunshots.

Witnesses reported loud banging noises and speculated it may have been an automatic weapon.

Officers went “from store to store and from cupboard to cupboard looking for someone with a weapon”, Mr Kelly said.

The search was also part of the process of clearing the mall of any shoppers, some of whom may have sheltered in place.

Other police tweets read: “Law enforcement teams have strategically ensured the [Columbiana Centre] has been “erased”. No other injury reports.

Employees inside the mall who were ordered to shelter in place for safety were told to wait for law enforcement to come to them for a protected escort and to not to leave until you have been ordered to do so by the competent authorities.

Those hiding in the mall were to call 911 and safe passage would be arranged.

The mall’s main entrance on Harbison Boulevard was closed and parts of I-26 West were also closed due to the incident.

Initial reports said officers responded to a report of gunshots before police confirmed a shooting had occurred.

A heavy police and emergency vehicle presence has been reported and many people are trying to leave the area. At least one ambulance was seen leaving the mall parking lot shortly after 3 p.m.

Families who have been separated in the confusion have been instructed to go to the nearby Fairfield Inn on Columbiana Drive to reunite with their loved ones.

The state reports that armed officers were seen entering a branch of Dave & Busters at the mall around 3:20 p.m.

Local news reports indicate that the mall is usually very busy at this time of day on weekends.

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