Three Dead in Maryland Mall Shooting

Shooter has still not been identified

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Updated Jan. 25, 2014, 7:12 p.m.

A gunman opened fire at a mall in Howard County, Md., Saturday, killing two employees and subsequently himself.

The Howard County Police reported via Twitter that three people had been confirmed dead. The Associated Press report that gunman, who has not been identified, was among the deceased.

According to the police, the victims were identified as Brianna Benlolo and Tyler Johnson. Both of them were retail employees at a skate shop.

The mall was put on lockdown until police could safely evacuate it.

A motive has not yet been determined, but police say that there was only one shooter.

A call reporting gunshots came into 911 around 11:15 a.m., and all three victims were dead when police entered the mall.

Five people injured from the shooting were treated and released, said a hospital.

[NBC Washington, AP]

49 comments
ravenrdr
ravenrdr

Now that guns are the go-to weapon to solve  even minor disputes, how can we expect anything different? 

Shenji
Shenji

Americans, your Second Amendment is not only about 'bear arms', but also to ensure a 'free State'. There's nothing about self-defence, because self-defence is a nature human right. Now your firearms can be used as self-defence weapons for sure(or at least, under some conditions). But can you use those 'civilian standard' weapons against UAVs, assault helicopters, main-battle-tanks, jet-fighters, stealth-bombers, cruise-missiles, tac-nukes...? Don't be a fool, you can't even hold a full-automatic weapon. The spirit of Second Amendment had already gone, decades ago. Disarm yourself now, and prepare for the upcoming glorious People's Republic of America.

crusado
crusado

In short, the court will judge weapons, but not the person who was used.

leonvang
leonvang

A well regulated militia being necessary for the security of a free state" -meaningless preamble in second amendment to the right to bear arms?????At one point will the gun huggers admit that the US has a serious gun problem? and how is the Scalia/ NRA scheme of gun ownership creating security for each state?

Bullsgt
Bullsgt

In just the last couple of weeks there have been several high profile killings to say nothing of the hundreds that do not make the headlines. Most are gun related and removing them from society would be beneficial, prudent even. 

It is far more difficult for one person to harm or kill multiple people before authorities can arrive if they are using an edged weapon.  The only beneficiary of the gun debate are the manufacturers. 


What I think is even more disturbing is the "trend" in senseless murders and attacks that seem to be everywhere these days. Just the other day a 14 year old stabbed her sister dozens of times. What is the matter with people? This is not just mental health issues, it's attitudes and perceptions as well.


To some in our society a human life has zero value. What makes them devolve to that point I have no idea but we as a society have to decide how to address this and its a lot more then just gun control.


Openminded1
Openminded1

Shopping at malls and going to movie theaters seems not the best thing do any more. All the nut cases come out of the wood work and copy cat crimes are on the rise.

aztecian
aztecian

@leonvangconfiscation is the only solution.  it would take years, maybe generations, but it can be done and should commence today!

HeatherSharp
HeatherSharp

@Bullsgt  "It is far more difficult for one person to harm or kill multiple people before authorities can arrive if they are using an edged weapon"


The mass murder weapon of choice elsewhere is explosives. The people are the problem.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@ViableOp Nothing is a pastime in DC other then Bs stories, golf, and corruption at every turn and a whole lot of lying, with the number one liar being Obama right now followed by Hillary.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@aztecian @Openminded1 Moron you and the NRA issues. It has nothing to do with the NRA dummy anyone almost anytime can get a hold of guns. This guy was just another nut who had his motive to kill with or without a gun. The gun was an instrument not the killer.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@aztecian @HeatherSharp @Bullsgt The problem is mental illness. Do some real research moron you will find most murders are committed by liberal thinkers. Wars on the other hand tend to be more of the conservative thinker.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@crusado @Openminded1 @aztecian You are not very bright are you? That is one dumb comment. just the opposite moron, the jury , the judge, the state and the cops will bring to justice and impose justice to the killer not the weapon dummy. Again the gun was the instrument used to kill or shoot, but it takes a human to pull the trigger unless you can teach the family dog.

crusado
crusado

@Openminded1@aztecian

"The gun was an instrument not the killer."

In short, the court will judge weapons, but not the person who has used it. 

Openminded1
Openminded1

@aztecian @Openminded1 @pepperperdido The only thing you have a PHD in moron is BS. You are a dumb ass, you do most cops on major depts and many cities have to have college degrees now. I received my degree before you were born. You do not make it to the rank of Commander without one, and most have masters at that rank. Your PHD making you 6 figures bs man. Look it up police command ranks like deputy chief , asst chief, chief, and the like make 6 figures dummy.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@aztecian @Openminded1 @pepperperdido Obama care is for low lives like you sonny not guys like me who do not need it. How many times you been arrested, my guess at least 3 times, if you keep it up you will get to see what prison is like for sissy people like you.

aztecian
aztecian

@Openminded1@pepperperdido@aztecianyou are coco for cocoa puffs.  man, you might be in the same boat as that florida movie theater cop.  you need a chill pill.  just by your mental illness issues, you should go sign up for obamacare and get yourself looked after. 

Openminded1
Openminded1

@aztecian @pepperperdido @Openminded1 Retired yes after 30 years, the last 11 years at the rank of Commander. 5 years in homicide, 3 years in OCB, 2 years in auto theft, 9 years on patrol, 5 of those as a supervisor and watch command LT. Paid very nice to protect and serve even dirt bags like you. retired with  two thirds of my highest rank of commander pay. very comfortable now. that is why i can live 32 floors up over looking the beach. how about you sonny?

Openminded1
Openminded1

@pepperperdido @Openminded1 @aztecian This from a guy with your stupid avatar name. The fact moron is I am the ex cop with 30 years experience and if you want support do some research on the matter, You do not pay me to support your doubts.

pepperperdido
pepperperdido

@Openminded1 @aztecian Why do you have to use such base, insulting language as to call someone a moron? If you believed in your opinions and could support them with facts and an intelligent argument, you wouldn't have to lower yourself to ignorant, childish language which renders your opinion thoroughly without merit or intelligence.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@aztecian @Openminded1 First off dummy Clint is an actor, the old ex cop in Florida like a lot of humans has mental issues and should not have been caring a gun at his age and mental state. I am sure he was once a good cop serving his community. I do not carry a big bad magnum, I carry a small 9mm. I have had to take a life and have shot a few people in the line of duty, in cases when it was them or me or another officer. In vietnam I also had to kill or be killed. I also spent 30 years as a cop without one bad shooting charge against me. Police work dummy means you carry a gun, because the bad guys might have one too. This is not like working at dennys.

aztecian
aztecian

@Openminded1oh brother, you'll be like that ex-cop in the florida movie theater..."stand down sonny"...bang!  i suppose you carry a gun wherever you go.  you think you're some kind of black clint eastwood with your big bad magnum.  your type will shoot first then ask the questions.  you are a killer I suppose. 

Openminded1
Openminded1

@aztecian @Openminded1 Do you comprehend what you read dummy. I said major city. No major city is all white dummy. By the way moron I am black and worked the streets of all walks of life from the hood to the elite . I am also a vietnam veteran and i have been carry a gun for 45 years. I also have used my weapon on more then a few occasions how about you sonny?

aztecian
aztecian

@Openminded130 year veteran of b.s.  you need to learn what the difference is between "no" and "know" before you are any kind of a veteran.  you can't throw 10 "frying pans" in rapid succession at a speed beyond mach one!  maybe you were a cop in lilly whiteville where there was NO real crime except neighbor humping.  so you have NO concept or KNOWLEDGE of how guns work.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@aztecian @Openminded1 Moron do you forget I am a retired 30 year police veteran from a major city. And you say i do not no anything about guns,murder and crime in general. You are a real moron who has no experience. The use of  a gun can kill dummy not the gun itself. It still takes a human bent on killing someone. Guns dummy will never be removed from society. if they where dummy they would kill with knives, swords, bricks, frying pans, baseball bats, tire irons,bare hands, poison, cars, or anything thing else they can get their hands on. Dumb ass. 

aztecian
aztecian

@Openminded1@aztecianlisten old man, you obviously have no idea about this subject, no understanding of the issues.  guns kill more than any other weapon and they need to removed from society.  yes, guns are bad and they kill people.  so go back to porch swing and stay out of issues you are clueless to.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@aztecian @Openminded1 Are you 13 years old? The guns, if you get rid of the guns dummy nut cases would just kill by another means. If a person wants to kill they kill. Someone has to pull the trigger of the gun. A gun sitting out in the desert or bottom of a lake does not jump up and shoot someone dummy. It is a person shooting someone, using a gun, not a gun shooting someone using a person.

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