Police identify 2 killed in shooting at Maryland mall

No word yet on possible motive

COLUMBIA, Md. - Police have identified the two retail employees killed in a shooting at a Maryland mall.

The Howard County Police said late Saturday that the victims were 21-year-old Brianna Benlolo of College Park, Md., and 25-year-old Tyler Johnson of Ellicott City, Md. The gunman also died.

Both worked at Zumiez, which sold skate apparel and accessories.

Police say the shotgun attack took place outside Zumiez on the upper level of the Mall in Columbia, a suburb of both Baltimore and Washington.

McMahon said authorities ran into difficulty in identifying the gunman because of concerns that he might be carrying explosives.

Five other people were injured, none seriously. Of the five hurt, one person suffered a gunshot wound. The remaining four suffered from injuries possibly as a result of the chaotic situation as people evacuated the mall, police said.

Howard County General Hospital tweeted late Saturday that the five who were injured had all been treated and released.

There's no word yet on a possible motive. Police say they don't know whether the shooting was random or whether the shooter and victims knew each other.

Authorities received a call to 911 at around 11:15 a.m. from someone reporting that shots had been fired. Police responded to the scene and found three people dead, including one person who was found near a gun and ammunition.

The mall remains closed to the public.

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