At least three people are dead after a gunman opened fire inside a Columbia, Maryland mall early Saturday morning.

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COLUMBIA, Maryland -- At least three people are dead after a gunman opened fire inside a Columbia, Maryland mall early Saturday morning.

According to the Howard County Police Twitter, one of the deceased is likely the gunman. There is no information on the other victims.

Two people with minor injuries were taken to Howard County General Hospital. No other injuries were reported.

Earlier, officials reported an active shooter was on the second floor of the large shopping complex. Reports say that authorities could be heard requesting multiple mass casualty units over local scanners.

Police believe the situation is now secure, but they are asking people to avoid the area.

No motive is known at this time.

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