News reports are still coming in at the time of this writing, but as of now, we don’t know what kind of gun the shooter had. Apparently, by the time the police showed up on the scene, there were three people dead, one of whom was believed to be the shooter:
Police in Maryland say three people died Saturday in a shooting at a mall in suburban Baltimore, including the presumed gunman.
Howard County police said via Twitter that a shooting had taken place at the Mall in Columbia, a suburb of both Baltimore and Washington.
Authorities received a call to 911 at around 11:15 a.m. to report that shots had been fired. Police responded to the scene and found three people dead, including one person who was found near gun and ammunition.
Police said they believed that one of the people who was found dead was the shooter. There was no other information available about the two other people.
The scene was “believed to be secure” police said in a tweet issued at about 12:36 p.m.
The mall is at the center of the town, a suburb of both Baltimore and Washington.
The mall typically opens at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and it was not known how many shoppers or workers might have been present at the time of the shooting.
Maryland’s new gun law took effect last October. According to WJLA:
On Oct. 1, gun buyers won’t be able to purchase 45 different types of assault weapons or a magazine exceeding 10 rounds. Handgun buyers will need a Handgun Qualification License, which includes four hours of training and a shooting component among other standards. Anyone who has applied for a gun before the deadline will be grandfathered in under the old laws.
Nevertheless, the new gun laws didn’t do anything to stop the shooting. I’m assuming there were signs posted at entrances indicating that no guns were allowed on mall premises. Those didn’t stop the shooter either. In fact, they may have encouraged him.