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Shooter kills self, two employees at Maryland mall

BY Dan Berthiaume

Columbia, Md. – A lone 19-year-old gunman killed two employees of a Zumiez store at The Mall of Columbia in Columbia, Md., on the morning of Jan. 26. Media reports indicate that local authorities began receiving 911 calls about the incident at the suburban Baltimore mall at 11:15 a.m. ET.

Police arrived within two minutes and discovered three bodies, including that of the shooter, in the store. Six shots were fired from a shotgun found at the scene, and one other person was wounded in the foot by gunfire and another four were injured during the crowd reaction to the shooting. The mall was closed following the incident and thoroughly searched by police for other shooters, weapons and explosives. Other than two crude homemade explosives and extra ammunition found in the shooter’s backpack, police found no other weapons or devices.

The shooter has been identified as Darion Marcus Aguilar, 19. The victims, Brianna Benlolo, 21, and Tyler Johnson, 25, both worked at the store. A motive has not yet been established and so far no connection has been made between Aguilar and the victims. The mall is scheduled to reopen at 1 p.m. ET on Jan. 27.

In a statement, Zumiez CEO Rick Brooks conveyed the company’s sympathies.

“The Zumiez team is a tight-knit community and all of our hearts go out to Brianna and Tyler’s families,” he said.

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Shakira’s exclusive album available for pre-order at Target

BY CSA STAFF

Target and international pop star Shakira are teaming up to release an exclusive deluxe edition of her latest album, “Shakira.” It’s Target’s first major artist collaboration of the year.

The exclusive deluxe edition will include three bonus tracks and is available for pre-order now at Target.com.

“There were three special songs I recorded for ‘Shakira’ that I decided to save for the version of the album available only at Target,” explained Shakira.

The exclusive deluxe edition of “Shakira” will be available in all U.S. Target stores and at Target.com March 25.

“With three special bonus songs on our exclusive album, Shakira joins an unparalleled group of remarkable artists that partner with Target to give our guests more music,” said Anne Stanchfield, divisional merchandise manager of entertainment. “Shakira is an international icon with an enormous following of fans that love her distinctive voice, boundless energy and hallmark dance moves. Guests will be thrilled with the three bonus tracks that can only be found at Target.”

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Sam’s Club to cut 2,300 workers

BY Dan Berthiaume

Bentonville, Ark. – Wal-Mart Stores is eliminating the positions of about 2,300 Sam’s Club employees. The job cuts represent 2% of Sam’s total workforce. Employees whose jobs are eliminated that cannot find another job with Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club will be eligible for severance.

The cuts include salaried assistant managers and also some hourly workers. In an Associated Press report, Bill Durling, a spokesman at Sam’s Club, said that each of the clubs had roughly the same number of workers regardless of how much revenue each store generated.

"We felt this was the right move to make sure we are positioning ourselves for growing in the future," said Durling, in the Associated Press report. "We are trying to rebalance our resources in the field to make sure we are investing in the clubs that have the higher growth potential and balancing resources across the chain."

The layoffs represent the largest job reductions at Sam’s Club since 2010.

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