Gunfire erupted in a Columbia, Maryland, shopping mall late Saturday morning, leaving three people dead and four injured, police said.
Howard County Police Chief Bill McMahon told reporters that the shooter apparently shot two people before shooting himself in a store on the second floor. The motive was unclear.
Police entered the mall and found three people dead, including one person who was found near a gun and ammunition.
Mall employees said the gunfire erupted near a second-floor food court in the late morning, sending shoppers and workers running for cover.
The scene was secure shortly before 1 p.m., police said.
Four people from the mall were transported to Howard County General Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said in a statement.
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