Columbiana Centre Mall in South Carolina Evacuated After Gunshots Heard

Police say it was likely an 'isolated incident' involving several people
February 20, 2016 Updated: February 20, 2016

Officials have evacuated the Columbiana Centre, a mall located in Columbia, South Carolina, due to reported gunshots, according to reports on Saturday night.

Lt. Curtis Wilson with the Richland County Sheriff’s Office told WYFF-4 News that the shooting appears to have been an “isolated incident” involving several individuals.

Meanwhile, Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said it started as a fistfight between two people before a third joined in the melee.

At one point, two of the men pulled out guns and shot in the air, he said, WIS-TV reported.

Wilson and Holbrook say the people involved in the dispute have left the scene.

“We are actively looking for three males,” Holbrook said, adding that police have very limited descriptions of the suspects involved.

“We’re taking in various reports now and we’re responding,” Holbrook added. “We have no other information to report in terms of locations of any suspects.”

The call came in first as an “active shooter,” prompting the mall to evacuate. Police later  said it wasn’t an active shooting investigation.

Reports said the shots were reported outside Dillard’s and T-Mobile. Multiple roads were closed, and people have been asked to avoid the area.

The incident took place shortly before 7 p.m. EST.

No victims had been located as of 8:30 p.m., police told WLTX-19. However, there were reports that someone was shot.

“We have no reports of victims on scene and no victim has shown up at the hospital at this point,” Wilson said.

Lori Easterwood, an employee of WLTX-19, was at the mall when the shooting took place.

“There were about 12 to 15 officers in our area,” Easterwood said.