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UPDATE: Police Disable Devices Found in Maryland Gunman's Bag

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

JAN. 25, 2014, 10:48 P.M:

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) -- Police say they disabled crude attempts at explosive devices that were found in a bag carried by a gunman to a deadly shooting at a Maryland mall.

Police say the gunman shot two other people and then himself Saturday morning in Columbia, Md.

A news release late Saturday night says investigators searched the gunman's bag inside the store where two employees were shot. They found and disabled what they described as "crude devices that appeared to be an attempt at making explosives using fireworks."

The mall will remain closed Sunday and police will use dogs to search the mall overnight, which is standard procedure.

Police say they have tentatively identified the gunman but are declining to identify him while they follow up on leads.
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JAN. 25, 2014, 4:30 P.M:

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) -- Police have identified the two retail employees killed in a shooting at a Maryland mall.

The Howard County Police said late Saturday that the victims were 21-year-old Brianna Benlolo of College Park, Md., and 25-year-old Tyler Johnson of Ellicott City, Md. The gunman also died.

Both worked at Zumiez, which sold skate apparel and accessories.

Police say the attack took outside Zumiez on the upper level of the Mall in Columbia, a suburb of both Baltimore and Washington.

McMahon said authorities ran into difficulty in identifying the gunman because of concerns that he might be carrying explosives.

Five other people were injured.
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JAN. 25, 2014, 4:00 P.M:

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) -- Police say they are still trying to determine the identity of a gunman who killed two employees of a store at a Maryland shopping mall. The gunman also died.

The attack took place at a skateboard shop called Zumiez on the upper level of the Mall in Columbia, a suburb of both Baltimore and Washington, according to Howard County Police Chief William J. McMahon.

McMahon said authorities ran into difficulty in identifying the gunman because of concerns that he might be carrying explosives.

The two victims were a man and a woman, both in their 20s. They were employees of the shop where the attack occurred. Their names were not released.

Five other people were injured, none seriously.
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JAN. 25, 2014, 11:59 A.M.

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) -- Police in Maryland say three people are dead in a shooting at a mall in suburban Baltimore.

Police say they believe the shooter is among the dead.

Howard County police said via Twitter that the scene is now "believed to be secure."

The shooting happened at the Mall in Columbia, a suburb between Baltimore and Washington.

Authorities received a call to 911 at around 11:15 a.m. from someone reporting that shots had been fired. Police responded to the scene and found three people dead, including one person who was found near a gun and ammunition.
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JAN. 25,2014, 10:43 A.M

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) -- Police say a shooting has occurred at a mall in Maryland. They did not release information on whether anyone was injured or how many people may be involved.

The Howard County fire and emergency services department sent out a tweet late Saturday morning saying that police and rescuers were responding to the Mall in Columbia, Maryland. Police confirmed that a shooting took place.

The mall is at the center of the town, a suburb of both Baltimore and Washington.


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