Fox News reports that a suspect has been arrested in the South Carolina mall shooting that left 14 people injured.
The suspect has been identified as 22-year-old Jewane M. Price. Earlier in the investigation, Price was identified as a person of interest, but, after authorities learned more, they made him a suspect, which ended up leading to his arrest.
The initial charge that they got Price on is the unlawful carrying of a pistol. But, authorities say that additional charges are possible.
Along with Price’s arrest, two other individuals who had previously been arrested in connection with the shooting have now been released. Authorities have determined that they were not involved in it.
The shooting took place at the Columbiana Center mall in Columbia, South Carolina, on Saturday, April 16. Ten people were directly shot during the shooting, while several others were injured. The youngest victim was 15 while the oldest was 73.
Eight of the victims had to be taken to the hospital. While six of them were in stable condition, two were in critical condition. Since then, all but one of the victims — the 73-year-old — have been released from the hospital, meaning that, so far, the shooting did not cause any fatalities.
The question of motive has not been definitively answered. Shortly after the shooting, authorities made it clear that they did not believe the shooting to be a random act. Rather, authorities said that they “believe they [the suspects and victims] knew each other and something led to the gunfire.”
An update on the motive has not been provided since Price’s arrest.
However, his attorney has claimed self-defense.
Because authorities, thus far, have only charged Price with the unlawful carrying of a pistol, his bond was set at only $25,000.
Fox News, in a separate article, reports that if Price pays this bond he will be placed on house arrest, which means that he will be “allowed to travel to and from work while wearing an ankle monitor if he posts bond.”
This could change, however, if the prosecutor, after reviewing the evidence, goes ahead and charges Price with something more substantial.