Where things stand
We’re about to wind down our live coverage of the shooting at the Mall in Columbia. Here’s a look at where things stand and some key updates you may have missed:
What We Know
- A man armed with a shotgun opened fire inside a Zumiez store on the mall’s upper level at around 11:15 a.m.
- Two people were killed: Brianna Benlolo, 21, of College Park; and Tyler Johnson, 25, of Ellicott City. Both were employees of Zumiez, a skateboarding store.
- Benlolo and Johnson, along with the shooter, were found dead from gunshot wounds when police arrived.
- The shooter had “a lot of ammunition,” the Howard County police chief said. Technicians were working to make sure that the ammunition on his body didn’t pose any additional danger.
- Five people were taken to Howard County General Hospital. One of them had a gunshot wound to the foot, the others suffered non-gunshot-related injuries. All five were released shortly before 5:30 p.m.
- The mall was locked down for several hours as police slowly searched the entire building (and all of the offices, back rooms, changing rooms and other places people sought shelter). It was cleared of everyone shortly before 4:30 p.m.
- The mall will remain closed tonight and Sunday.
What We Still Don’t Know
- The identity and motive of the shooter. Police said shortly before 8 p.m. he had still not been identified.
- Details about the lives of the two young people killed in the mall on Saturday.
- When the people who evacuated the mall will be able to return and retrieve their personal belongings. Police said that they won’t be able to retrieve things on Saturday night.
- When the mall, home to 202 stores, will reopen.
- Here’s our lead story about the shooting.
- This video shows the scene at the mall.
- Where did the shooting occur? This helpful graphic shows where Columbia is, where the mall is and where the shooting took place inside the mall.
- If you’re not familiar with Columbia, site of today’s shooting, read about the place and its evolution. And then read this story about the mall’s importance in Columbia.