A teen was seriously injured during a shooting outside a mall in Missouri on Black Friday, according to reports.
The incident took place outside the Columbia Mall in Columbia, Missouri. A man fired his gun after attempting to place it in his holster, KMIZ reported. It’s not clear if the shooting was deliberate or accidental.
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Police said two men, who apparently knew each other, were sitting inside a car when one of them discharged the gun while trying to put it in the holster, reported KMIZ.
A 19-year-old, whose name has not yet been released, was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, KOMU8 reports.
“We were literally just talking about how we thought it was pretty lucky that nothing happened tonight, and then we come out and this is what we saw,” Brittany Huhn, a shopper, was quoted by KSHB as saying. “It’s kind of scary to be honest.”
Columbia Mall manager confirms the incident occurred outside of the mall. Police are still on scene. The Columbia Mall will still open at 6 a.m. The mall manager says no weapons are allowed inside the mall. @KRCG13 pic.twitter.com/RehijvMb08
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Police took the man who discharged the weapon into custody. No other arrests were made.
“There’s nobody outstanding; we have everybody we need to talk to. Nobody was in any sort of danger,” Sgt. Clint Sinclair of the Columbia Police Department told KSHB. “We have our detectives investigating, as well as our forensic evidence team but there’s no danger to any shoppers or anything at any point during this situation.”
The shooting took place around 11:30 p.m. Thursday amid Black Friday sales.
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