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Jan 25, 2014 7:02 PM by Zach Thaxton

Maryland mall shooting victim has apparent ties to Co. Springs

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) - Police have identified the two retail employees killed in a shooting at a Maryland mall.

The Howard County Police said late Saturday that the victims were 21-year-old Brianna Benlolo of College Park, Md., and 25-year-old Tyler Johnson of Ellicott City, Md. The gunman also died.

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

According to Benlolo's Facebook profile, she was a member of the Class of 2010 at Sand Creek High School in Colorado Springs.

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

McMahon said authorities ran into difficulty in identifying the gunman because of concerns that he might be carrying explosives.

Five other people were injured.

The Howard County General Hospital says they've all been treated and released.

One patient was reported to be a shooting victim while at least three other patients sustained other injuries.

Police say the mall will remain closed at least through the night.

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