Police: 3 dead in Columbia mall shooting near Baltimore

COLUMBIA, MD (RNN) - At least three people are confirmed dead in a shooting at a mall in Columbia, MD, police said.

Authorities are investigating a case of a shooting inside The Mall in Colombia, located in a commuter town between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD.

The Howard County Police Department said that a shooting incident had occurred via Twitter. They later confirmed that at least three people were confirmed dead upon arriving on scene.

"One deceased subject located near gun and ammunition. ID unknown," the police department tweeted.

Police said the first call to 911 came in around 11:15 a.m. local time.

The Baltimore Sun is reporting that the mall is in lockdown and visitors inside the mall are sheltering in place. It also reported that some patrons reported hearing gunfire before fleeing.

Police are urging patrons still inside the mall to stay in place until police can clear the area.

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