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
People are evacuated from the Mall in Columbia, Md.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

(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."

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Jan 27, 2014 7:37 PM CST
Quote of the day.Owning a gun increases the likelihood of suicide 3 times & being murdered 3 times.
mark dirigible
Jan 26, 2014 2:09 PM CST
it is a tragedy when some person goes berserk with a weapon. I hope a motive is found, and if the shooter had an accomplice, I hope they are brought to justice. Three lives lost to violence is sad, but about 900 a day die from complications related to tobacco. Clearly our news media are reactive, not progressive.
Jan 26, 2014 9:20 AM CST
Cars go vroom. Guns go bang. If you cant tell the difference... Go back to playing with your Wang. Almost anything people do, can be deadly. Using that fact to circumvent the creation of functional gun control laws is lame. Cars are made to be driven, guns are made to kill. Guns need to be better regulated