Hanover, Maryland (Arundel News Network) – Last night around around 8:00 p.m. Anne Arundel County Police Officers were dispatched to Arundel Mills Mall for a reported shooting. Upon arrival they responded to the Entrance 3 area of the mall, around Models.
Initial reports indicated that the shooting happened inside the mall. An Anne Arundel County Officer who was on foot patrol heard what sounded like gunshots and requested for additional officers.When officers arrived the canvassed the area and found nothing according to Anne Arundel County Police spokeswoman Sgt. Jackie Davis. Numerous witnesses came forward and told responding officers that a shooting did take place at the mall. Approximately 30 minutes later a victim arrived at a local hospital with a gun shot wound.
Detectives responded to the hospital to interview the victim. After the initial medical examination by hospital officials detectives interviewed the adult male victim. The victim did confirm that he was the person shot around the Entrance 3 area of Arundel Mills Mall. Anne Arundel County Fire Department responded to the mall but for another unrelated medical call at Medieval Times and not for the shooting.
The victim and the suspect did not know each other prior to the incident and only met during the verbal altercation. The victim was shot once and transported himself to a local hospital.
Sgt Davis wanted to emphasis that this was a targeted incident and not an active shooter. Initially it was reported to be an active shooter but it was quickly put to rest that no active shooter incident was actually occurring.
Through the night detectives obtained security footage along with video from cell phones that recorded the incident and they were able to identify a suspect. The suspect was identified as 16 year old Jamari Marquese Hammond. Mr. Hammond is wanted on charges of attempted murder, first degree assault and other various handgun charges. He has not been located at this time. Even though he is 16 years old Mr. Hammond is being charged as an adult in this case.
Sgt. Davis stated that anyone with information related to the shooting to please come forward. “Just because we know who shot our victim does not mean the case is closed, it could help us in court or identify other suspects.”