Florence police look for Magnolia Mall shooting suspect

Florence police look for Magnolia Mall shooting suspect

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Florence police are looking for a shooting suspect after a 25-year-old man was shot at Magnolia Mall on Friday night.

Florence police have described the suspect as a black male with short hair and a stocky build. Police said the suspect stands about 5 feet 5 inches tall.

Shots were fired at around 7:45 p.m. when two groups of men got into an argument after one person bumped into another, said Major Carlos Raines with the Florence Police Department. The two groups did not know each other, Raines said.

Police said during that argument a man tried to break up the fight when another took out a gun and fired two shots.

The victim was shot in the leg. He was taken to a hospital, investigators said.

Police said when the shots rang out, everyone inside the mall as well as the shooter and victim ran.

"I wasn't very scared at all because one person got shot. He wasn't walking in the mall shooting everyone...Plus we didn't actually hear the shootings. I would imagine it was much scarier from other peoples' perspective," said Alan Platt who was shopping at the mall during the shootout.

Florence police evacuated and closed the mall.

The Magnolia Mall released a statement Saturday morning that read, "We assure you that the safety of our shoppers and employees is our top priority and Magnolia Mall has a zero tolerance policy for any crime or form of disruption that may jeopardize the security of our patrons, tenants or employees."

If you have any information, please call police.

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