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Cell phone video and witnesses lead police to Arundel Mills Mall gunman

Posted at 4:30 PM, Feb 21, 2019

ANNE ARUNDEL CO., Md. — We've seen the cell phone video, and we've heard the shots fired.

WMAR-2 News has now learned Anne Arundel County police used video to isolate an image of the Arundel Mills Mall gunman wearing a white beanie hat and a black, hooded sweatshirt.

RELATED: 16-year-old Arundel Mills Mall shooting suspect turns himself in

Anonymous tips from the public helped them establish his identity as 16-year-old Jamari Hammond, a sophomore at Meade Senior High School.

Then came the task of tracking him down, but when they visited his home on Dunfield Court in Severn, they came up empty.

"Weren't having a lot of success, searching different avenues, speaking with family members... didn't really have any success locating him,” said Marc Limansky of the Anne Arundel County Police Department. “On Tuesday morning, Mr. Hammond responded to our western district station with his mother (and) turned himself in peacefully."

According to charging documents, police also had trouble locating a victim following the shooting until an unidentified 19-year-old male walked into Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie with a gunshot wound to the lower left abdomen.

The victim is expected to survive, yet detectives are still trying to determine why Hammond fired the shots, and why he came to the mall that night armed with a black revolver and willing to use deadly force.

"That's really the question everybody is looking for answers to. Really it is a sad state of affairs when we have 16-year-old's with guns to begin with, let alone bringing them to a public place, bringing them to a mall and getting involved in a shooting,” said Limansky, “He's in custody now, so regarding him specifically, there's no threat to the public and hopefully he'll get the treatment that he needs as a child and what he deserves."

Hammond is being charged as an adult with a series of charges including two felony counts of assault and attempted second-degree murder.