(COLUMBIA, Md.) — A shooting incident at a Maryland mall left three people dead on Saturday morning.
The Mall in Columbia in Columbia, Md., was placed on lockdown after reports of gunshots on the upper level at about 11:15 a.m.
The Howard County Police Department posted a message on their Twitter account confirming a shooting incident. The HCPD said that three people were killed. One of those killed is suspected of being the shooter, and was found dead with a shotgun near his body, police say.
Authorities believe the shooter killed himself after shooting and killing the two other victims. Five additional people were reportedly receiving medical treatment for injuries, but only one of the five suffered a gunshot wound.
On its Twitter account, the Howard County Police Department said that the gunfire took place in a skate shop called Zumiez on the mall’s upper level. Police say a search of the shooter’s bag found inside the store revealed two crude devices that appeared to be an attempt at making explosives using fireworks.
The two-story mall is located about 40 minutes outside of Washington, D.C.
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