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Shooting In Columbia Mall: 3 Dead Including Gunman

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Three people including the gunman have died in a shooting in Columbia Mall in Howard County, Maryland, Howard County Police said. The mall is planted in the center of the town, a suburb shared by both Washington and Baltimore.

Police arrived on the scene after a call came in at 11:15 AM on Saturday that reported shots were fired. Three bodies were discovered with one located near a gun and ammunition. As of 12:30 PM, the police said that no additional information concerning addition shots heard were followed after the initial gunfire.

According to CBS, customers were asked to remain inside stores as it was placed under lock-down and searched by police who were looking for the shooter.

Both Howard County Fire and Emergency Management Services wrote in tweets that police and emergency personnel were on the scene. Both services urged people to avoid the area.

Customers have been ushered out of the mall as police finalize securing the area and further investigate.

 

According to NBC news, a security spokesman at the mall said that the mall was closed and the “situation may be over.” NBCWashington.com reported that a father whose daughter was in the mall told him on the phone that she was taking cover inside a Bank of America where dozens of others were hiding.

 

 

Shots were fired from the J.C Penny outlet of the mall, according to Ari Ashe of WTOP.

With helicopters buzzing overhead, Ashe said at least 100 police officers from Howard, Anne Arundel, and Montgomery Counties, as well as the Maryland State Police SWAT units and officers in fatigues were swarming the malls.

“Most of the mall had been taped off… it is locked down fully.” Ashe said.

A man who was having lunch with his family in the mall’s food court told WTOP that he heard four shots – “one shot, then two more, then a final one.” The people around him “huddled under a table” and then “booked it out of there.”

The man suspects that the shooting happened in the mall’s lower level. “It was kind of surreal. You hear about it on TV and you don’t think you’re going to be a part of it.” He said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shooting In Columbia Mall: 3 Dead Including Gunman
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    You know, I went through 30 years of life and these things were so very rare, yet in the last three years, we have one of these events a month. Really, it seems like since 9/11, America has gone crazy. Literally crazy. Paranoia has gripped us so completely and we are constantly bombarded by fear, fear, fear, fear. Take my local news last night. The first six stories were about crimes. The next two were about corruption. The news is like that every night. Yet, when I look at my life objectively, I do not know one person who is the victim of a violent crime. Not one. In fact, I know of a man who is in prison for a crime against a person who doesn't even exist. If anything, I find that to be shocking. The police set him up.

    America is so screwed up. Our police look like the military. They are everywhere and the fear propaganda is out of control. If you ever wanted to know how the book 1984 started, well just look at America today. This is the start. I wouldn't worry about this stuff. You have a better chance of having a heart attack or getting hit by lighting than you do of this happening. Heck, you have a better chance of being arrested in America. One in every 25 people are arrested every year in America.

    The odd thing is the last 7 of these types of cases had an odd connection to the military. I guess we will wait to see if this one does. I am sorry. I just find it so suspicious that for three decades of my life, these things rarely happened, but now. They are as common as can be. Something just isn't right about that. Unless America really has changed so dramatically since 9/11. Constantly banging fear in a person can change them.

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