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3 Dead in Shooting at US Shopping Mall

Police in the eastern U.S. state of Maryland say three people were killed in a shooting Saturday at a shopping mall, including the suspected gunman.

The mall in the Baltimore suburb of Columbia, Maryland, is just under 50 kilometers north of Washington.

Authorities say they were alerted to the shooting by an emergency phone call in the late morning. Witnesses reported hearing a series of shots fired.

Police were helping clear people from the mall and announced on Twitter a little more than an hour after the emergency call that the shopping center was believed to be secure.

The motive for the shooting and the identities of those killed were not immediately known.

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