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Shooting at Baltimore Mall, 3 Dead Includes Shooter

UPDATE: Howard County police held a briefing on the Columbia Mall shooting in Baltimore which left three dead, including the suspected gunman. 

Police Chief Phil McMahon confirmed the 9-1-1 call came in at approximately 11:15 this morning local time. Three victims were confirmed, including what he believes to be the shooter. No other shooters are believed to be in the mall, but SWAT and support teams are clearing the mall and those sheltered inside.

The identity of the victims and motive of the shooter is not yet known.

The shooting took place in the upper level of the mall at a store, not in the food court as previously reported.  The chief commended the actions of shoppers and staff in the mall for reacting in an orderly manner and not causing a "stampede." Two people were transported to the hospital. One with an ankle injury and the other with complications from a seizure. 

COLUMBIA, MD.  BREAKING NEWS: Police confirm three dead including the suspected gunman in a shooting at a suburban Baltimore mall.

The Howard County Police Department confirmed the deaths on it's Twitter account, and said one of the deceased is the suspected gunman. Police had earlier said one body was found located near a gun and ammunition.

The scene was "believed to be secure" police said in a tweet issued at about 12:36 p.m

The Howard County Fire and emergency services department sent out a tweet at 11:25 a.m. Saturday, saying that police and rescuers were responding to "an active shooter" at the Mall in Columbia in Maryland. 

Authorities have not said how many people may be involved.

The mall typically opens at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and it was not known how many shoppers or workers may have been at the scene.The Maryland mall is at the center of the town, a suburb of both Baltimore and Washington.