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Mall in Columbia: Shooter had 'crude' explosive devices (+video)

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It took police just two minutes after the first 911 call to arrive at a crowded suburban Baltimore shopping mall Saturday morning, where they quickly found the results of the latest public shooting: three people dead, including a man who had taken his own life. Around him were a shotgun, a large amount of ammunition, and crude explosives apparently made using fireworks.

Although the violence ended quickly, and the rapid response reflected a considerable amount of training for just such an event at the Mall in Columbia, Md., it was hours before police could be sure that any other potential threat had been eliminated. When the shooting started, many shoppers and employees had taken refuge in storage areas and dressing rooms, some fashioning barricades.

Police have yet to identify the shooter, other than to say he was male, or any possible motive. Speaking to reporters Saturday, authorities emphasized that they could not confirm some press reports that the shooting had involved a domestic dispute.

The two other people killed were young employees of the Zumiez skateboard shop on the second level of the mall: Brianna Benlolo, 21, and Tyler Johnson, 25.

Ms. Benlolo's grandfather, John Feins, told the Associated Press in a telephone interview from Florida that his granddaughter had a 2-year-old son and that the job at Zumiez was her first since she went back to work after her son's birth.


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