Police Statement on Mall Shooting

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This is the statement released by the Howard County Police Department today at 1:17

Police investigating shooting at Mall in Columbia

Howard County police are investigating a shooting inside the Mall in Columbia. Three people are deceased. One subject was located near a gun and ammunition and is believed to have likely been the shooter. There have been no reports of any shots fired since the body was discovered.

Police believe the mall is secure at this time. They are asking people still inside to stay in place until police can clear them in a safe and orderly fashion. It may take a few hours to complete this task. The mall has been closed to the public.

Detectives have not yet confirmed the identities of any of the people involved. A motive is unknown at this time. Additional details will be released as they become available.

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