Northwoods Mall to reopen after shooting in parking lot

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- One man was wounded Monday afternoon in a shooting outside Northwoods Mall. The mall was evacuated as a result.

SWAT members arrived around 1:30 p.m. to do a sweep through the mall. Police said the SWAT team's presence out of abundance of caution, but officers are "99.9 percent sure" suspect is no longer in the mall area.

Police hoped to have the mall open again late Monday afternoon. Mall officials said the mall would reopen at 5:30 p.m. and stay open until 9 p.m. It will operate on regular hours Tuesday.

The shooting happened around 12:30 p.m. Monday. Charleston County EMS officials said one person is being treated. The person was hit three times, officials said.

Police say the victim was taken to Medical University Hospital. They did not give any information on his condition.

North Charleston police said officers were sent to the Books-a-Million parking lot to reported shots being fired. Officers found a black male victim with gunshot wounds.

The victim reportedly told officers he had gone to the mall to pick up someone he knew. When they met, the two got into an argument that escalated to a shooting.

The suspect then fled, police said. Witnesses told police the suspect may have gotten into a waiting vehicle.{}

Police gave generic descriptions of two suspects believed to be involved in the shooting. Both are slender black males under 6 feet tall. One was wearing gray and brown camouflage shorts and a white T-shirt. The other was wearing long pants and a black shirt, police said.

Officers spent several hours Monday afternoon guarding every entrance to the mall.

Police said the mall was evacuated to ensure the suspect did not go back inside the mall. North Charleston police told the ABC News 4 crew on the scene to leave the property.

Employees of the mall say the stores in the mall have been closed for the day.