Mall Victims Were Workers in Their 20s: Police
5 injured in Maryland attack
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 25, 2014 5:20 PM CST
Shoppers are evacuated by police and rescue personnel after a shooting at the Mall in Columbia on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in Columbia, Md.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – The two people killed in today's Maryland mall shooting—in addition to the suspected shooter—were workers at a store for skaters, police say. Brianna Benlolo, 21, and Tyler Johnson, 25, worked at a store called Zumiez, the Washington Post reports. Five others were injured in the attack, which a police spokesman says "seems to have been very contained to that store and the area just outside." The body of the suspect was found in the store near a shotgun and a large quantity of ammunition, CNN reports. That prompted concerns he might have had explosives.

The gunman at the Mall in Columbia shot Benlolo after coming from a back changing room, WJLA reports. After shooting both workers, he reportedly killed himself. The motive is still uncertain, though a federal official suggested a possible link to a domestic dispute, CNN notes. Police tweeted that "NO motive, domestic or otherwise, has been confirmed." Those injured have been treated and released, according to a hospital tweet. "I think this country is in a lot if trouble," says a witness. "I mean, what possesses someone to, on a Saturday afternoon, in this cold, to come to a mall and shoot people?"

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Fredabdal Ghaffar
Jan 26, 2014 2:19 PM CST
Recognize the American Holocaust / Population Control through Economic Oppression (extreme outrageous physical, mental, dental, medical, financial and emotional stress). Murderbyproxy / Terminal Injustice. Lie, delay and deny and hope you die tactics by the powers that be. YHVH solution for American Holocaust Perpetraitors is Mongoose Protocol.
Jan 26, 2014 11:15 AM CST
James Smith
Jan 26, 2014 10:06 AM CST
The 2nd Amendment is over emphasized by gun activist. What they fail to see the real basis for guns in a wilderness colony. Shortly after the revolutionary war, there was no active police forces instituted. And while freedom was still illusive men and women had to protect themselves, from unwarranted invasions of their residences. So as a measure to secure their protections a clause was written in The Constitution that allowed for people to possess guns to protect themselves against illegal home invasions. That's not the case now. The case now, is Americans own to many fire arms, and to many of those fire arms fall into the hands of unsuspecting murderer's. I purpose that only one gun per residence be available . An option, either a hand gun, or a small gauged shot gun. No more than six shells allowed for the hand gun, and no more than three shells for the shot gun, properly plugged. These weapons would be placed under very strict scrutiny with registration, and very strict back ground checks. They would be absolutely prohibited from removal of the home or residence, except to be repaired in case of mechanical failure. No more sporting events, or hunting with guns of any resource. No more pistol matches, not more turkey shoots, no target practices, nothing outside of the home. If caught with a weapon, and found guilty, no less than twenty years in prison, and a fifty thousand dollar fine. This one gun possession law, would satisfy the Constitutional muster, of keeping and bearing arms. Which in any event would allow for the minimum requirement of such Amendment. I am a convicted murderer, serving a fifty year sentence on parole. Been out over ten years. And this altercation included fire arms, his three pistols and a rifle, and my lone shotgun. And I purpose that such a law be passed into action. I served twenty two years in prison for that fatal altercation. Had guns not been available, we'd never made that encounter.