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Police ID victim in fatal shooting in Columbia Mall parking lot

Investigators offer reward up to $5,000

Howard County police are investigating a shooting in the parking lot at the Mall in Columbia Dec. 4 that left a local man dead. Anthony Patterson, 20, of Owings Mills, was shot and killed around 10:23 p.m. in the parking area in front of the Main Event entertainment venue.

Through preliminary investigation, police believe Patterson and the unknown shooter had a verbal altercation prior to the shooting. At this stage, there are no indications that Patterson knew the suspect before the incident.

Witnesses reported hearing multiple gunshots at the scene. Police have confirmed that no one else was injured.

Detectives believe the suspect quickly fled the scene and there was no ongoing threat to people in the area. They have not identified the suspect and are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information in the case.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police at 410-313-STOP or

Reported on social media from Howard County Police Department on December 4th:

At approximately 10:23 p.m., officers responded to a shooting in the parking lot of the Mall in Columbia. A single adult male victim was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported. Based on preliminary information, police do not believe there is an ongoing threat to the public. Officers are inside the Main Event talking to potential witnesses. No additional information is available at this early stage of the investigation. Will update.


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  1. How many robberies, stabbings, shootings and deaths will move Columbia from the “safest city in the U.S.” to second place? I assume other places are worse. ???

    Considering most people are staying home at night, I wonder how worse it would be if times were “normal” ???

    I wonder if state and county police funding is reduced, if the crime rate will go down?

    With our present progressive county council, I assume things in the future will get safer in Howard County.

    (Please excuse my sarcasm)

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