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Three dead in US shooting

Three people have been killed during a shooting at a mall in Columbia, Maryland. Surviving shoppers at the US mall, about 45 minutes outside Washington DC, were evacuated, and the suspected shooter was thought to be one of the three who died.

Three dead in US shooting
Maryland State Police patrol the Columbia Mall after a fatal shooting on January 25, 2014, in Columbia, Maryland. Three people were killed in a shooting at the popular shopping mall, located about 45 minutes outside Washington, authorities said Saturday. Howard County, Maryland, Police announced the fatalities and urged people inside the Mall 'to stay in place. 'Police said one of the dead was 'located near gun and ammunition.' (AFP/Getty Images)
Three dead in US shooting
Police enter the Sears department store at the Columbia Mall after a fatal shooting on January 25, 2014, in Columbia, Maryland. Three people were killed in a shooting at the popular shopping mall, located about 45 minutes outside Washington, authorities said Saturday. Howard County, Maryland, Police announced the fatalities and urged people inside the Mall 'to stay in place. 'Police said one of the dead was 'located near gun and ammunition.' (AFP/Getty Images)
Three dead in US shooting
Shoppers leave the Columbia Mall after a fatal shooting on January 25, 2014, in Columbia, Maryland. Three people were killed in a shooting at the popular shopping mall, located about 45 minutes outside Washington, authorities said Saturday. Howard County, Maryland, Police announced the fatalities and urged people inside the Mall 'to stay in place. 'Police said one of the dead was 'located near gun and ammunition.' (AFP/Getty Images)
Three dead in US shooting
Police secure an entrance to the Sears store at the Columbia Mall after a fatal shooting on January 25, 2014, in Columbia, Maryland. Three people were killed in a shooting at the popular shopping mall, located about 45 minutes outside Washington, authorities said Saturday. Howard County, Maryland, Police announced the fatalities and urged people inside the Mall 'to stay in place. 'Police said one of the dead was 'located near gun and ammunition.' (AFP/Getty Images)
Three dead in US shooting
Police secure an entrance to the Columbia Mall after a fatal shooting on January 25, 2014, in Columbia, Maryland. Three people were killed in a shooting at the popular shopping mall, located about 45 minutes outside Washington, authorities said Saturday. Howard County, Maryland, Police announced the fatalities and urged people inside the Mall 'to stay in place. 'Police said one of the dead was 'located near gun and ammunition.' (AFP/Getty Images)
Three dead in US shooting
Police secure an entrance to a Sears store at the Columbia Mall after a fatal shooting on January 25, 2014, in Columbia, Maryland. Three people were killed in a shooting at the popular shopping mall, located about 45 minutes outside Washington, authorities said Saturday. Howard County, Maryland, Police announced the fatalities and urged people inside the Mall 'to stay in place. 'Police said one of the dead was 'located near gun and ammunition.' (AFP/Getty Images)
Three dead in US shooting
Howard County Police Chief Bill McMahon speaks during a press conference outside the Columbia Mall after a fatal shooting on January 25, 2014. Three people were killed in a shooting at the popular shopping mall in a suburb of Washington, DC, authorities said. (AFP/Getty Images)
Three dead in US shooting
Police evacuate employees and patrons from the Columbia Town Center Mall after three people were killed in a shooting there January 25, 2014 in Columbia, Maryland. Police still do not have a motive for the shooting but believe the shooter has been killed. (Getty Images)
Three dead in US shooting
People embrace each other outside the Columbia Town Center Mall after three people were killed in a shooting there January 25, 2014 in Columbia, Maryland. Police still do not have a motive for the shooting but believe the shooter has been killed. (Getty Images)
Three dead in US shooting
Police evacuate employees and patrons from the Columbia Town Center Mall after three people were killed in a shooting there January 25, 2014 in Columbia, Maryland. Police still do not have a motive for the shooting but believe the shooter has been killed. (Getty Images)