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Shooting at Columbia Mall in Maryland,several dead

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A shooting at a mall in Maryland on Saturday ended in the deaths of at least three people, including the suspected shooter, Howard County police said.

Authorities have not released the identities of any of the dead. There are no reports yet of additional people injured.

People who were in the mall were set to be transported from the shopping center by school bus Saturday afternoon, although authorities were telling mall goers to “shelter in place” until help could arrive, according to a police scanner.

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The police department tweeted that they believe there is no longer any threat.

“Police are in mall to clear people out safely. Mall is believed to be secure, but people inside should wait for police,” Howard County Police tweeted.

Howard County police said earlier Saturday morning via Twitter that a shooting had taken place at the mall in Columbia.

Columbia is a suburb of both Baltimore and Washington, and the mall typically opens at 10 a.m. on Saturdays.

The Howard County Fire and emergency services department sent out at tweet at 11:25 a.m. Saturday, saying that police and rescuers were responding to “an active shooter” at the mall.

The mall typically opens at 10 a.m. on Saturdays. It was not known how many shoppers or workers might have been at the scene.

The mall is at the center of the town, near The Merriweather Post Pavillion, a concert venue.

Saturday’s shooting follows a string of gun incidents in recent days, including shootings at South Carolina State University, where a student was left dead, and Purdue University, in Indiana, where a student was also left dead.

Authorities do not know the motive for the shooting at the Maryland mall. -aljazeera.com

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