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Police say 3 people killed at mall in suburban Baltimore.

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Police say three were killed in a shooting at a suburban Baltimore mall Saturday, including the person believed to be the shooter. 

Authorities responding to an active shooting at the Mall in Columbia found three people dead, including one who was found near a shotgun and ammunition. 

Police say 19-year-old Darion Marcus Aguilar opened fire outside a skate shop, killing two store employees. They're identified as 21-year-old Brianna Benlolo of College Park, Md., and 25-year-old Tyler Johnson of Ellicott City, Md.

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

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

Five other people were injured. The Howard County General Hospital says they've all been treated and released.

The hospital said one patient is a shooting victim who suffered a gunshot wound to the foot. 

Investigators found several crude homemade explosives on the scene and more ammo and other evidence after searching Aguilar's home.

No word yet if the shooter knew the victims.

The mall was closed to the public as police went store to store looking for people who might still be hiding. McMahon said it will remained closed at least through the night. 

The mall typically opens at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and was busy with shoppers and employees when shots rang out before noon. A 911 call was placed at around 11:15 a.m. to report a shooting. 

Joan Harding of Elkridge, Md., was shopping with her husband, David, for a tiara for their granddaughter's 18th birthday. She said she heard something heavy falling, followed by gunshots and people running.

"My husband said, 'Get down!' and the girl that worked in the store said, 'Get in the back,' " Harding said. That is where they hid until police gave the all-clear.

Witnesses said they heard a succession of gunshots fired near the food court on the first floor of the mall. Police later confirmed the shooting occurred on the upper level in a skate shop called Zumiez. 

People were directed out of the mall and into a parking lot, where some boarded a bus and others walked toward their cars. Some people were seen crying. McMahon said detectives were interviewing witnesses as they emerged from the mall to try to get a better picture of the events that had unfolded. 

Tonya Broughton of Silver Spring, Md., was with a friend getting facials for a 'girls morning out,' she said. "The only thing I heard was all the people running and screaming and saying, "There's a shooter! There's a shooter!'" she said. 

Wearing a gel face mask, she and her friend hunkered down in a Victoria's Secret store. 

Laura McKinzles of Columbia works at a kiosk in the mall. She said she heard between eight and 10 gunshots, followed by people running and screaming. She ran into the backroom of a perfume store and locked the door.

The Maryland mall is at the center of the town, a suburb of both Baltimore and Washington.

Story from the Associated Press and FOX News

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