Deadly gunfire at mall

Police officers inspect the scene of a double shooting Wednesday outside J.C. Penney at the Citadel Mall in West Ashley.

One man was killed and another was wounded in a double shooting Wednesday afternoon at the Citadel Mall.

A law enforcement officer who happened to be at the mall at the time shot one of the men, said Charles Francis, Charleston police public information officer.

The gunfire began about 1:30 p.m. outside the J.C. Penney store at the West Ashley mall.

Three men walked out together, there was an altercation, and one of them shot one of the others, Francis said. He said the officer then shot the gunman.

The wounded were taken to Medical University Hospital. Begondae Moore, 27, of Goose Creek was pronounced dead there at 2:06 p.m. of multiple gunshot wounds, Charleston County Chief Deputy

Coroner Judy Koelpin said. The other man was shot in the leg, Francis said. His condition was unknown.

Francis said the officer was not injured. He was a federal agent, said Kathryn Richardson, a public information officer for the State Law Enforcement Division.

Police had two people in custody, Francis said.

Charleston police are investigating the first shooting, while SLED investigates the officer-involved shooting. Neither agency released any other details, and it was not clear whether Moore was shot by the agent.

Ervin Smalls, of Adams Run, is concerned because he has a 16-year-old son who works in the mall. He said he warned his son to be cautious.

Kathleen Franklin found a remote spot in the mall parking lot late Wednesday afternoon to meet her son and then go to dinner. She said she avoids the areas where people congregate outside.

"This is why," Franklin said, referring to the shooting. "Generally, I come in the mall, get what I need and get out."

She said the mall needs additional security.

Mall officials were not available for comment, a receptionist said. Marketing Director Leigh Burnett did not return a call placed to his home.

It was the third shooting incident at the Sam Rittenberg Boulevard mall in recent years.

In September 2007, a Charleston police officer shot and killed a man during an afternoon drug bust in the parking lot.

An undercover officer was making a drug buy about 2 p.m., and when police tried to arrest the suspect, he took off and tried to run them over. At that point, a police officer shot and killed the driver, 26-year-old Jeroid Ferguson.

Holiday shoppers scattered at the sound of gunfire near the Food Court in December 2006. The shooting started about 7 p.m. in the men's bathroom, where a man was shot in the foot and ran outside.