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Walgreens Shooting as Multiple People Gunned Down in South Carolina


Two people—including a police officer—were injured after gunfire erupted at a Walgreens on Sunday evening.

Shots rang out after authorities arrived at the store in West Ashley, South Carolina, at around 7 p.m., according to local media reports.

The incident comes amid a spate of gun crime across the nation that has sparked a fierce debate about gun control, left politicians unable to answer how to address the problem, and led to multiple countries issuing travel warnings to their citizens considering a trip to the U.S. In 2019, Walgreens was among a number of retailers that asked customers not to openly carry firearms in brick-and-mortar locations in states where open carry is legal.

In the latest incident over the weekend, Charleston police were called to the Walgreens on Old Towne Road by Ashley River Road and reportedly discovered a person with a gun at the scene. It remains unclear who fired a weapon or who started shooting first, but the incident ended with two people in the hospital, including an officer.

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Authorities are investigating after a shooting at a Walgreens in West Ashley, South Carolina, on Sunday evening.
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As is usual in officer-involved shootings, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is investigating.

Neither of the hospital patients was suffering from life-threatening injuries, WCSC in Charleston reported overnight. The officer was released from hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, the TV station said on Monday morning.

No further details have been released about either of those involved, such as their gender, ages, or the nature of their injuries. Newsweek has reached out to SLED by email seeking clarification and comment.

Ashley River Road between Fuseler Road and Old Towne Road was closed as detectives shut down the scene for investigation on Sunday night. They finished their work there and reopened the road shortly before 1 a.m. on Monday. There have been no reports of any arrests stemming from the shooting.

Charleston PD officers posted updates about the incident on the department’s X account, formerly Twitter.

One post assured residents they were no longer at risk.

“The scene has been contained and there is no remaining threat to the public,” police posted. “Ashley River Rd (SC 61) between Fuseler Rd and Old Towne Rd will remain closed while the investigation is conducted.”

Speaking from the scene on Sunday night, spokesperson Sergeant Anthony Gibson told 5 SCSC: “We’re always going to remind the public that if they see something, they’re going to have to say something. Remaining vigilant is part of being […] key to being a community member.

Update 1/22/24, 10:01 a.m. ET: This article was updated with additional information.