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Police searching for motive in deadly mall shooting

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 01:32

Jan. 25 - Police say the the shooter may be among the three people killed during a shooting at a popular shopping mall just a half hour outside of Washington D.C. Mana Rabiee reports.

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A shooting at this large shopping mall in Columbia, Maryland left three people dead on Saturday. SOUNDBITE: UNIDENTIFIED SHOPPER SAYING: "We heard the first gunshot, and then people kind of paused, and then the other gunshot, and then everybody just started running." SOUNDBITE: UNIDENTIFIED SHOPPER SAYING: "At first I thought like something really hard dropped but then I heard like five shots after that and then me and my mother just started running." Howard County Police Chief Bill McMahon. SOUNDBITE: HOWARD COUNTY POLICE CHIEF BILL MCMAHON SAYING: "At about 11:15 this morning, our 911 center received a number of calls for shots fired at the Columbia Mall. We had officers quickly get into the area and we were able to identify three victims at an upper level store in the Columbia Mall." SOUNDBITE: UNIDENTIFIED SHOPPER SAYING: "Folks just started coming into the store and we sheltered in place." Police say very early impression suggest one of the victims may be the shooter. The mall, located just a half an hour outside of Washington D.C., is closed to shoppers and remains an active crime scene. Police think the danger has passed swat teams are now sweeping mall to clear out anyone still inside. SOUNDBITE: HOWARD COUNTY POLICE CHIEF BILL MCMAHON SAYING: "When something like this happens people run in many different directions, and they also do what actually we've trained people to do, which is to shelter in place. So right now we have many many people still in the mall that have secured themselves inside store." Police say they have no clear motive for the shooting. They' say they're focusing on clearing the mall of those still sheltering in place -- and identifying the victims to alert next of kin.

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Police searching for motive in deadly mall shooting

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 01:32