Areas of the Columbiana Mall at Harbison were evacuated Saturday night after reports of shots fired there.
Witnesses told authorities that “two people pulled guns and fired into the air,” Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said moments ago. There were no indications that other shots were fired or that anyone was injured, Holbrook said.
Authorities are looking for three male suspects, Holbrook said.
“This is not an activer shooter situation,” said Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons. The Mall was evacuated out of an abundance of caution, she said.
Katrina Smith told The State she and some friends had just finished eating dinner at the food court, when she heard what sounded like gunshots.
They ran toward the the food court exit, she said, and two of her friends stayed behind to help an elderly woman who had fallen get back onto her feet.
It took them a while to get to their car, but then they sat in traffic for about a half-hour, watching more than 20 police cars race past them.
Columbia Fire Department spokesman Brick Lewis said ambulance at the scene was there on standby only.
Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin has urged people to avoid the the Mall and Harbison Boulevard, if possible.
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