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3 killed, 5 injured in Maryland mall shooting

Published time: January 25, 2014 17:27
Edited time: January 26, 2014 04:06
Police patrol outside a Sears store at Columbia Mall after a fatal shooting on January 25, 2014, in Columbia, Maryland. (AFP Photo/Jewel Samad)

Police patrol outside a Sears store at Columbia Mall after a fatal shooting on January 25, 2014, in Columbia, Maryland. (AFP Photo/Jewel Samad)

A shooter opened fire at a mall in Columbia, Maryland on Saturday, killing two people and injuring one before apparently taking his own life, police say.

Four others were injured in the ensuing chaos. Howard County police say they do not know the motive behind the shooting. There is an indication that the suspect may have intended to kill more people.

"Because of concerns about any other weapons he may have or explosives, we are approaching this with an abundance of caution," Howard County Police Chief Bill McMahon said, stressing that an investigation had just begun. "We're getting assistance from some of our federal partners and making sure there are no explosives on the body of the deceased."

Police have disabled what they described as “two crude devices that appeared to be an attempt at making explosives using fireworks.”

Maryland State Police patrol the Columbia Mall after a fatal shooting on January 25, 2014, in Columbia, Maryland. (AFP Photo/Jim Watson)

The victims were identified as Brianna Benlolo, 21, and Tyler Johnson, 25. Both were employees of Zumiez, the skate shop where the shooting took place. The name of the gunman has not yet been released.

"Investigators have tentatively identified the shooter and are following up on investigative leads. It is believed he died from a self-inflicted gun shot wound," said the police statement

As the scene unfolded, customers were ordered by police to remain inside stores. The mall, which opens at 10:00 a.m. EST on Saturdays, was crowded with weekend shoppers.

The mall will remain closed on Sunday.

Police evacuate employees and patrons from the Columbia Town Center Mall after three people were killed in a shooting there January 25, 2014 in Columbia, Maryland. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP)

Random shootings have occurred with disturbing regularity in the US in recent years. One of the most shocking was the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012, where twenty children and six adult staff were shot dead.

Since then, there have been plans to provide schools with resource officers - a law enforcement officer who has the authority to make arrests and carry a weapon in school. However, plans to radically change America’s gun laws have so far proved largely fruitless, due to the strength of the US gun lobby.

Comments (57)

 

Bruno Crespo 27.01.2014 14:45

Penny Boppie 26.01.2014 22:08

I think it's high time we Americans went by the wishes of our founding fathers and the powers they intended us to have by virtue of the 2nd Ammendment. Therefore, each American should be allowed to own one muzzle loading black powder rifle, or, one flintlock black powder pistol. There you go. Problem solved. Thank you...

  


If that's the case you should stick to ink and quill when you post something. Rights don't change just because technology does.

 

Penny Boppie 26.01.2014 22:08

I think it's high time we Americans went by the wishes of our founding fathers and the powers they intended us to have by virtue of the 2nd Ammendment. Therefore, each American should be allowed to own one muzzle loading black powder rifle, or, one flintlock black powder pistol. There you go. Problem solved. Thank you...

 

Tristan Pierce 26.01.2014 18:09

Galmukovff 26.01.2014 17:02



By the way... America is Already Armed To The Teeth.
According to Geneva Small Arms Survey, the U.S. has the best-armed civilian population in the world, with an estimated 370 million total guns. That’s an average of 89 firearms for every 100 residents!

  


Th e Swiss arm their people to the teeth much more than in America.Sure in america there are a ton of guns in the house holds but they are usually at home and not on their person. If we all carried a pistol no one would live for more than 1 or 2 minutes if they decided to go on a shooting spree.

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