Crime & Courts

Police investigating shooting at a Columbia mall

The Columbia Police Department is searching for a male suspect as it investigates a shooting at Dutch Square Mall on Saturday.

Shortly after 7:30 p.m., the Columbia police reported the shooting at the shopping center off Bush River Road.

No injuries were reported, and the only damage is to a shop window.

The shooting is being reported as accidental, based on surveillance video, according to the Columbia Police Department.

It appears the male suspect had a firearm inside a bag and the gun went off when he dropped the bag on the floor inside the shopping center, authorities said.

The Columbia Police Department continues to investigate the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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