3 Dead in Mall Shooting

Shooter in suburban Baltimore believed to be one of those killed

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jan 25, 2014 11:36 AM CST | Updated Jan 25, 2014 1:04 PM CST

(Newser) – Police in suburban Baltimore say three people are dead in a shooting at a shopping mall this morning, reports the Baltimore Sun. One of the victims inside the Mall at Columbia was found near a gun and ammunition, and authorities think that person was the shooter, according to MyFoxDC. None of the three have been identified. It remains unclear what prompted the shooting, but witnesses say it occurred near the mall's food court about 11:15am. Police say the mall is now secure.

"I heard the shots and it was just a stampede," says one 19-year-old shopper. "People didn't know what to do. People were crying. Everyone was just in a panic." Customers and store employees found places to hide amid the bedlam, reports the Washington Post. “People were yelling, ‘Someone’s got a gun,'" says one woman, who took shelter inside the back room of a perfume store with others for about 90 minutes. "I was praying."

People are evacuated from the Mall in Columbia, Md.
People are evacuated from the Mall in Columbia, Md.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Police move in from a parking lot to the Mall in Columbia.
Police move in from a parking lot to the Mall in Columbia.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
People are evacuated from the Mall in Columbia, Md.
People are evacuated from the Mall in Columbia, Md.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Police move in from a parking lot to the Mall in Columbia.
Police move in from a parking lot to the Mall in Columbia.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
A police officer at the scene.
A police officer at the scene.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
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