There was chaos at a suburban Maryland mall Saturday as a man opened fire inside.
Shots rang out at around 11:15 am on the second floor of the Mall in Columbia, a suburb of both Baltimore and Washington.
Police responded to a number of 911 calls and found three people dead inside a skate shop, Zumiez, on the second floor.
Howard County Police Chief William J. McMahon says investigators found the male shooter dead with a lot of ammunition and a shotgun nearby. Police aren't sure of his identity or of any possible ties to the victims.
McMahon says the victims are a man and woman, both in their 20s, both employees of the store.
One other person was shot, hit in the foot. Four other people were hospitalized for twisted ankle and other injuries picked up in the sprint to safety.
The motive for the shooting remains a question mark. There are reports quoting a senior federal law enforcement source, saying the shooting was part of a domestic dispute.
"We do not know yet what caused the shooting incident" said McMahon. "So any attribution of this being domestic related or something else is purely speculation".
Witnesses said they heard a succession of gunshots fired near the food court, which is below skate shop. McMahon says shots were fired inside and outside the store.
Laura McKinzles works at a kiosk in the mall. She said she heard 8-10 gunshots, followed by people running and screaming. She ran into the backroom of a perfume store and locked the door.
Allison Cohen, who works at a clothing store in the mall said she always felt safe at work.
"I truly never thought something like this would ever happen here. It's really, really shocking," Cohen said.