COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA: Gunfire erupted outside of a South Carolina gun store on Sunday morning, August 1. Multiple people were reportedly shot in the incident. The victims were rushed to local hospitals.

Deputies with the Richland Country Sherrif's Office were called to the scene at The Gun Vault in Columbia on Sunday, August 1 at 1 am to reports shots fired, reported The Sun. In a similar incident in June this year, an overnight shooting in North Carolina left two people dead and two others injured. In the same month, a public transit employee Samuel Cassidy opened fire on his own co-workers, killing eight people in San Jose. Afterward, Cassidy turned the gun on himself and shot himself dead. At least 13 people were injured in a shooting in downtown Austin early Saturday, June 12.

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Police arrived at the scene to find that nine people had been shot. The victims' conditions are not known at the moment. Police received reports from several hospitals in the area that other victims of the shooting had arrived on their own to get treatment. The cause of the shooting and information about how many suspects are involved are not available at the moment. It is also not clear if the store was open during the incident. Although, according to its website, the store loses a 4 pm on Sundays.

Officers said that the investigation in the case is ongoing and additional information will be released as and when is available. Anyone having any information about the incident is requested to submit a tip on the Crime Stoppers website. 

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