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At least 3 dead at Columbia mall shooting [UPDATE]

At least three people are dead after a shooting at a mall in Columbia, Md., early Saturday afternoon.
Posted By Gabrielle Levy   |   Jan. 25, 2014 at 12:25 PM  |  Updated Jan. 25, 2014 at 1:42 PM   |   Comments

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Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Update: 1:30 p.m. ET:

Howard County police in Columbia, Md., said they believe the active shooter situation at the Mall in Columbia has ended.

According to a statement by the department on Facebook, no shots fired once the police entered the scene. They believe the body found near a gun and ammunition is believed to be the shooter.

"As you can imagine, this is a very complex and trying scene for everyone involved," said Howard County Chief of Police, Bill McMahon at a press conference at the mall.

We believe "one of the deceased is in fact the shooter," McMahon said, and described "very confident" that the shooter was acting alone and the incident is over. He said the shooting took place on the upper level of the mall in a store, and all three deceased died in one place in the mall.

McMahon said many people remain inside, sheltering in place in stores, some two hours after the incident, and that officers were working to clear the mall.

Two injuries reported are not believed to be related to the shooting.

Original story follows:

At least three people are dead after a shooting at a mall in Columbia, Md., early Saturday afternoon.

Howard County police are describing the scene, about 45 minutes outside of D.C., as an "active shooter situation," and shut down the mall.

According to the department's Twitter account, the call of shots fired came in at 11:15 a.m. Police said they then entered and found three dead, one near a gun and ammunition.

Local news reported hearing on police scanners that the incident appeared to take place on the second floor of the sprawling shopping center.







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