Maryland Shooting Leaves 3 Dead, Katy Perry Calls For End To Violence


Iyana Robertson / January 26, 2014

A tragic shooting in Maryland rounds out a violent week in shootings across the country. A gunman armed with sizable ammunition shot and killed two employees in the Columbia Mall in Columbia, Maryland. Also leaving five others injured, the assailant then turned a shotgun on himself, bringing the death toll to three. Though the gunman remains unidentified, the two employes killed were Brianna Benlolo, 21, and Tyler Johnson, 25. Both Benlolo and Johnson worked at Zumiez, the skater store where the shootings took place. Police arrived within minutes of the a 911 call, finding the gunman already down. This shooting follows a shooting at Widener University in Pennsylvania on Monday (Jan. 20), shooting at Purdue University in Indiana on Tuesday (Jan. 21) and a shooting at South Carolina State on Friday (Jan. 24). Now singer Katy Perry has taken to Twitter to plead for the violence to cease:

“On behalf of the people of Maryland, I want to express my deepest condolences to the families of the victims and all those affected by this senseless act of violence,” Maryland governor Martin O’Malley said in a statement. “Protecting the public’s safety is our most solemn obligation.”