3 KILLED, INCLUDING GUNMAN, in MARYLAND: Yahoo!

The title of a recently released Yahoo! article is “Three DEAD, including gunman, in Maryland mall shooting” (Web-site/URL: http://news.yahoo.com/39-active-shooter-39-reported-maryland-mall-officials-170806135.html?soc_src=mediacontentstory).

“A gunman opened fire with a shotgun in a skate shop at a crowded shopping mall near Baltimore on Saturday (January 25 2014), KILLING two store employees and WOUNDING another person before apparently , police said”.

“Howard County police said they did not know the motive for the shooting at the large mall in Columbia, Maryland, about 20 miles west of Baltimore”.

“Police identified the victims as Brianna Benlolo, 21, of College Park, Maryland, and Tyler Johnson, 25, of Ellicott City, Maryland. Both were employees of Zumiez, a SKATE shop where the shooting took place. The name of the gunman has not been released”. Note the victims’ ages: 21 & 25, certainly NOT the ages where people are typically DIE.

One person suffered a gunshot wound to the foot, and FOUR others were injured in the CHAOS, police said. Howard County General Hospital said all FIVE people had been TREATED and RELEASED“, which is GOOD news.

“Howard County Police Chief Bill McMahon told reporters”: “He (the gunman) still had A LARGE AMOUNT OF AMMUNITION on and about him and because of concerns about EXPLOSIVES and any other weapons he might have, we are approaching this with AN ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION“, which is what MUST be done.

“Howard County Executive Ken Ulman said police arrived within TWO minutes of the 911 emergency call, but it took HOURS for the police to clear the building of shoppers and employees” AS EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).. “This took a long time because you can imagine how many rooms there are in the mall. How many BACK OFFICES, BATHROOMS and DRESSING ROOMS and NOOKS and CRANNIES in the mall“. 

“Colin Reddy, who works at the mall, told CNN he heard about EIGHT or NINE shots in all”. “We thought it was CONSTRUCTION because there’s a lot of construction going on at the mall right now. THEN I HEARD IT AGAIN. Like ‘ boom, boom, boom‘. And then everybody started RUNNINGout of FEAR…again AS EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). 

“Tonya Broughton of Silver Spring, Maryland, said she and a friend were getting facials when they noticed other shoppers running”. “It was PANIC. We just HEADED (or SPRINTED/RACED) for the nearest store, Victoria’s Secret”, “adding that the store’s employees herded everyone to the rear of the store”. Victoria’s Secret is NOT a bad place to hang out if not for the DANGER/GRIM CIRCUMSTANCES.  “They (the Victoria’s Secret store staff) were VERY NICE, keeping us CALM. They told us we were SAFE“, which is all they could do.

Finally, “Zumiez, which has more than 400 stores across the United States, said in a statement it was “DEEPLY SADDENED by the violence” at its store”. “Our hearts go out to the victims and their families“. “The company said it was arranging counseling for its employees in the area”, which surely will be necessary in light of this recent tragedy.

To conclude, this is yet another INEXPLICABLE rampageA “skate shop” is another one of those places where people go SHOPPING to buy RECREATIONAL EQUIPMENT and would be COMPLETELY UNSUSPECTING.

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