Police: 2 store employees, gunman dead at Maryland mall

Police enter the Sears department store.

Police enter the Sears department store.

(CNN) — A gunman strapped with large amounts of ammunition Saturday shot and killed two workers at a busy Columbia, Maryland, mall before turning a shotgun on himself, police said.

The shooting, which also left five others injured, capped a violent week which saw shootings or gun scares at American schools or shopping centers — ordinary places where people once felt safe.

“This should not happen at the Columbia Mall,” Howard County Police Chief Bill McMahon told reporters. “This shouldn’t happen anywhere.”

McMahon told reporters that the shooter apparently fatally shot a man and woman — both store employees — before shooting himself in a store on the second floor of The Mall in Columbia. The motive was unclear.

Police identified the dead employees as Brianna Benlolo, 21, of College Park, and Tyler Johnson, 25, of Ellicott City. Both worked at Zumiez, a shop that caters to skaters, where the shootings took place

The body of the unidentified suspected shooter was found near a shotgun on the floor of Zumiez, police said. A large amount of ammunition was found near the body, leading investigators to suspect that he might be carrying explosives.

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4 thoughts on “Police: 2 store employees, gunman dead at Maryland mall

  1. By the way, Tyler Joseph Johnson was the grandson of the author of Tyler’s Titanic, Bernard Ryan, Jr and that’s him!

  2. Tyler Johnson is a direct descendant of Hattie L. (Tyler) Bramwell! Wow! He is a cousin of John Tyler, Mary Tyler Moore (her relative is a Tyler!), Robert Ogden Tyler, and Daniel Tyler! Also, he is a direct descendant of the very first Tyler, Wat Tyler!

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