Tuesday 23 January 2018

Three killed in US mall shooting

Armed police leave an entrance of the Columbia Mall after a shooting at the mall in Columbia, Maryland.
Armed police leave an entrance of the Columbia Mall after a shooting at the mall in Columbia, Maryland.
Mall employees and patrons react as they are allowed to leave a theater lobby, where law enforcement officals talked to them as potential witnesses in a shooting at the Mall of Columbia shopping center, in Columbia, Maryland, January 25, 2014. Three people died in a shooting at the large shopping mall outside Baltimore on Saturday, police said, adding that the suspected gunman apparently killed himself. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Police walk in front of an entrance to the Mall in Columbia after a shooting at the mall in Columbia, Maryland, January 25, 2014. Three people died in a shooting at a large shopping mall outside Baltimore on Saturday, police said, adding that the suspected gunman apparently killed himself. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Mall employees and patrons are held in a theater lobby where law enforcement officials speak with them as potential witnesses in a shooting at the Mall of Columbia shopping center in Columbia, Maryland, January 25, 2014. Three people died in a shooting at the large shopping mall outside Baltimore on Saturday, police said, adding that the suspected gunman apparently killed himself. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Mall employees and patrons are held in a theater lobby as law enforcement officials speak with them as potential witnesses in a shooting at the Mall of Columbia shopping center in Columbia, Maryland, January 25, 2014. Three people died in a shooting at the large shopping mall outside Baltimore on Saturday, police said, adding that the suspected gunman apparently killed himself. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Mall employees and patrons are held in a theater lobby as law enforcement officials speak with them as potential witnesses in a shooting at the Mall of Columbia shopping center in Columbia, Maryland, January 25, 2014. Three people died in a shooting at the large shopping mall outside Baltimore on Saturday, police said, adding that the suspected gunman apparently killed himself. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Mall employees and patrons are held in a theater lobby as law enforcement officials speak with them as potential witnesses in a shooting at the Mall of Columbia shopping center in Columbia, Maryland, January 25, 2014. Three people died in a shooting at the large shopping mall outside Baltimore on Saturday, police said, adding that the suspected gunman apparently killed himself. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Police escort potential witnesses to their cars after holding them for interviews after a shooting at the Mall of Columbia shopping center in Columbia, Maryland, January 25, 2014. Three people died in a shooting at the large shopping mall outside Baltimore on Saturday, police said, adding that the suspected gunman apparently killed himself. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Police escort potential witnesses to their cars after interviews following a shooting at the Mall of Columbia shopping center in Columbia, Maryland, January 25, 2014. Three people died in a shooting at the large shopping mall outside Baltimore on Saturday, police said, adding that the suspected gunman apparently killed himself. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Police escort potential witnesses to their cars after interviews following a shooting at the Mall of Columbia shopping center in Columbia, Maryland, January 25, 2014. Three people died in a shooting at the large shopping mall outside Baltimore on Saturday, police said, adding that the suspected gunman apparently killed himself. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Mall employees and patrons are held in a theater lobby as law enforcement officials speak with them as potential witnesses in a shooting at the Mall of Columbia shopping center in Columbia, Maryland, January 25, 2014. Three people died in a shooting at the large shopping mall outside Baltimore on Saturday, police said, adding that the suspected gunman apparently killed himself. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Police escort potential witnesses to their cars after holding them for interviews after a shooting at the Mall of Columbia shopping center in Columbia, Maryland, January 25, 2014. Three people died in a shooting at the large shopping mall outside Baltimore on Saturday, police said, adding that the suspected gunman apparently killed himself. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
A woman speaks with a Maryland State Trooper as a photographer perches above the parking garage after a shooting at the shopping mall in Columbia, Maryland January 25, 2014. Three people died in a shooting at a large shopping mall outside Baltimore on Saturday, police said, adding that the suspected gunman apparently killed himself. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan
U.S. Park Police guard an entrance to the building after a shooting at the shopping mall in Columbia, Maryland January 25, 2014. Three people died in a shooting at a large shopping mall outside Baltimore on Saturday, police said, adding that the suspected gunman apparently killed himself. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan
Mall employees and patrons react as they are allowed to leave a theater lobby, where law enforcement officals talked to them as potential witnesses in a shooting at the Mall of Columbia shopping center, in Columbia, Maryland January 25, 2014. Three people died in a shooting at the large shopping mall outside Baltimore on Saturday, police said, adding that the suspected gunman apparently killed himself. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Montgomery County Police arrive to support Howard County after a shooting in Columbia, Maryland Saturday January 25, 2014. Three people died in a shooting at a large shopping mall outside Baltimore on Saturday, police said, adding that the suspected gunman apparently killed himself. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan
Montgomery County Police arrive to support Howard County after a shooting in Columbia, Maryland Saturday January 25, 2014. Three people died in a shooting at a large shopping mall outside Baltimore on Saturday, police said, adding that the suspected gunman apparently killed himself. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan
Howard County Police Chief Bill McMahon speaks to reporters after a shooting in Columbia, Maryland Saturday January 25, 2014. Three people died in the shooting at a large shopping mall outside Baltimore on Saturday, police said, adding that the suspected gunman apparently killed himself. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan

Police in Maryland said three people have died in a shooting at a mall in suburban Baltimore, including the presumed gunman.

Howard County police said via Twitter that a shooting took place at the Mall in Columbia, a suburb of both Baltimore and Washington.

Authorities received a call today from someone reporting that shots had been fired. Police responded to the scene and found three people dead, including one person who was found near a gun and ammunition.

Police said they believed that one of the people found dead was the gunman. There was no other information available about the two other people.

The scene was "believed to be secure", police said.

The mall, which is at the centre of the town, typically opens at 10am on Saturdays and it was not known how many shoppers or workers might have been present at the time of the shooting.

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