Police: Columbia Mall Shooter had explosives in bag

COLUMBIA, Md. (WUSA9) -- We are learning new information about the shooter in the Columbia Mall murders/suicide in Howard County, Md. on Saturday morning.

Police searched the shooter's bag and they found two improvised explosive devices and then disabled them, according to a news release.

"Police received a call into 911 at 11:15 a.m. about a shooting at the mall. Officers responded in less than two minutes and found two employees at the Zumiez store on the upper level deceased. They were identified as Brianna Benlolo, 21, of College Park, and Tyler Johnson, 25, of Mt. Airy. Investigators have confirmed that Johnson had recently moved from Ellicott City to Mt. Airy," police said in a news release.

Police say the shooter killed himself shortly after killing Johnson and Benlolo, police said.

Five people, including a person shot in the foot, were treated and released from Howard County General Hospital.

Officials continued to search the mall throughout Saturday night and the mall will be closed on Sunday for the police investigation.

"People may retrieve vehicles from the mall parking lot this evening. Anyone with an emergency situation related to property left inside the mall should call the mall's Public Safety Office at 410-730-3302," police said.

Howard County Police will update the media on Sunday morning. We'll have more information posted after that news conference.


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