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Three dead after Maryland mall shooting

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HOWARD COUNTY, Maryland ( – Three people are dead after a mall shooting in Maryland Saturday.

Emergency callers reported that shots were fired at the Columbia Mall in Howard Country, Maryland around 11:15 a.m. Saturday, according to the Howard County Police Department's Twitter page. Three people were shot and killed, one of them was found near a gun and ammunition and is thought to be the suspected shooter.

Police Chief William J. McMahon said, "The identity of the shooter, we don't know who that is yet. When our officers approached he was obviously deceased, but he also still had a large amount of ammunition still on and about him and so because of concerns about any other weapons he may have or explosives we are approaching this with an abundance of caution."

The other two victims were Brianna Benlolo, 21, of College Park, Maryland and Tyler Johnson, 25, of Ellicott City, Maryland. Both were employees of Zumiez.

Five victims were treated at an area hospital, and were all in good condition on Saturday evening, police say. One victim was shot in the foot and the other four had minor injuries due to falls.

People inside the mall were asked to stay until police were able to clear the area.

The motive for the shooting is still unknown, officials say.

This is a developing story. Please stay with FOX 25 for details as they become available.

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