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Police respond to a shooting Saturday at the Mall in Columbia. (Peter Hermann/The Washington Post)

Police respond to a shooting Saturday at the Mall in Columbia. (Peter Hermann/The Washington Post)

Three people are dead following a fatal shooting at the Mall in Columbia on Saturday morning. We’re bringing you the latest updates here.

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Shooting in Columbia

Three people are dead after a shooting at the Mall in Columbia this morning, Howard County police confirmed. The police report that one of the three people was found near a gun and ammunition, but there is no information yet about the identities of these people.

Mark Berman
January 25, 12:39 pm
  • Mark Berman January 25, 12:39 pm

Police: Remain in place

Howard County police are asking people inside the Mall in Columbia to remain in place until the police can check out and clear each area of the mall.

Mark Berman
January 25, 12:40 pm
  • Mark Berman January 25, 12:40 pm

Police say scene is secure

The first call about shots fired at the Mall in Columbia came in at about 11:15 a.m, according to police.

Police said shortly after 12:30 p.m. that there had been no recent shots fired and that the scene was secure.

Mark Berman
January 25, 12:42 pm
  • Mark Berman January 25, 12:42 pm

Suspected shooter is dead

Howard County police say they believe one of those slain in the shooting at Columbia Mall was the shooter.

Mark Berman
January 25, 12:43 pm
  • Mark Berman January 25, 12:43 pm

Police: Remain in place

Howard County police are asking people inside the Mall in Columbia to remain in place until officers can check out and clear each area of the mall.

Mark Berman
January 25, 12:43 pm
  • Mark Berman January 25, 12:43 pm

Photo: Emergency responders at the mall

Mark Berman
January 25, 12:47 pm
  • Mark Berman January 25, 12:47 pm

Mall remains locked down

Workers at stores in the mall said the building was still on lockdown as of 12:35 p.m. An employee at Rafet’s Hairmasters, who declined to be identified, said she heard the shooting had taken place near the mall’s Sears store, which is adjacent to the food court.

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Mark Berman
January 25, 12:47 pm
  • Mark Berman January 25, 12:47 pm

What we know so far

Here’s a rundown of what we know so far about the shooting at the Mall in Columbia this morning:

  • Three people are dead, according to Howard County police
  • One of the three is believed to be the suspected shooter, police say
  • The shooting was reported in a 911 call that came in at 11:15 a.m.
  • Emergency responders and police are on the scene, and they say no additional shots have been fired
  • The mall remains locked down as police search it, but the authorities say the mall is secure

There are still many things we don’t know, including the identities of the victims or the suspected shooter and whether anyone has been injured at the mall. We’ll bring you those updates as we get them.

Mark Berman
January 25, 12:51 pm
  • Mark Berman January 25, 12:51 pm

Media briefing called for 1:15 p.m.

Howard County police say they will conduct a media briefing at 1:15 p.m. at the mall, which should provide additional information about what authorities know so far.

Mark Berman
January 25, 12:55 pm
  • Mark Berman January 25, 12:55 pm

Live video from the mall

CNN is airing live video footage from the Mall in Columbia right now.

 

Mark Berman
January 25, 12:56 pm
  • Mark Berman January 25, 12:56 pm
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