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      1 wounded in shooting outside Charleston-area mall

      <span style="TEXT-TRANSFORM: none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: rgb(255,255,255); TEXT-INDENT: 0px; LETTER-SPACING: normal; DISPLAY: inline !important; FONT: 12px arial, verdana, sans-serif; WHITE-SPACE: normal; FLOAT: none; COLOR: rgb(0,0,0); WORD-SPACING: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px">The SWAT team arrived around 1:30 p.m. 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.</span>

      NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WACH/WCIV) -- North Charleston police are investigating a shooting that happened outside a Charleston-area shopping mall.

      WCIV NewsFour reported that one person was shot three times outside Northwoods Mall in North Charleston.

      The SWAT team arrived around 1:30 p.m. 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.

      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.

      Police say the victim was taken to an area hospital and they did not give any information on his condition.

      North Charleston police said officers were sent to the Books-a-Million parking lot after receiving calls of gun shots being fired.

      Officers said they found a black male with gunshot wounds.

      The victim reportedly told officers he went 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.

      Officers are currently guarding every entrance to the mall.

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