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No charges filed in Inlet Square Mall accidental shooting

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Units on scene at Inlet Square Mall (Source: WMBF News Photographer Michael Walter) Units on scene at Inlet Square Mall (Source: WMBF News Photographer Michael Walter)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) After an investigation by Horry County Police into an apparent accidental shooting in Inlet Square Mall Tuesday afternoon, authorities are considering the case closed.

Sgt. Robert Kegler, spokesperson for Horry County Police Department, told WMBF News that units responded to a shooting in the Inlet Square Mall in Murrells Inlet that appeared to be accidental.

Prior to the shooting, a couple hundred people were in the area for a veteran pinning ceremony. A WMBF News crew on the scene witnessed a female victim attended to by EMS.

A woman in the area was found to be legally carrying a pistol in her purse that discharged accidentally, striking the female victim. The victim and several witnesses say they heard a sound like a discharge from a small caliber handgun. After review by a judge, the case has been closed and no charges are being filed.

A spokesperson for Inlet Square Mall released the following statement about the incident:

A great day of honoring those who have served our country in our armed services was marred by an unfortunate accident. Today at approximately 12:35 pm EST an accidental discharge of a firearm occurred on the Inlet Square mall property. A woman was struck in the leg and treated by paramedics for a non-life threatening injury. An estimated group of 300 people had gathered at Inlet Square for a pinning ceremony to honor US war veterans at the approximate time of the accident. The ceremony was briefly interrupted by the accident, but the event honoring the veterans continued through completion.

Inlet Square management and its security team coordinated EMT attention to the injured visitor and Horry County Police Department responded to the emergency call.  After the incident, Police identified a person in the parking lot who may have possessed the firearm that discharged.

As the community well knows, Inlet Square and the Murrells Inlet marketplace enjoy a great record of safety for its visitors and its community members. Inlet Square, which is home to Frank's Theatre and Entertainment Centers, Belk's, JC Penney, Kmart, Steinmart, and many other fine retailers, is proud to be a regular meeting place for Grand Strand residents and visitors. Inlet Square management wishes the injured visitor a speedy recovery.

Police are asking anyone in the area who may have seen what happened to report it to Horry County Police as soon as possible.

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