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Shooting leaves child and two others injured at Wilde Lake Village Center in Columbia

Four charged, including one of the initial victims
POLICE TAPE
Posted at 6:23 PM, Feb 13, 2022

COLUMBIA, Md. — Howard County police are investigating a February 13 shooting in Columbia that left three injured.

Around 3:06 p.m., officers were called to the 5300 block of Village Center Drive (in the Wilde Lake Village Center) for a report of shots fired.

On scene, police discovered a 43-year-old woman suffering from a gunshot wound. Her four-year-old son was also injured by what detectives believe was a bullet fragment that struck his arm. Both were treated at University of Maryland Hospital and released.

A short time later, 19-year-old Tony Blunt checked himself into Howard County General Hospital after he'd been shot at the same location. His injuries are non-life threatening.

Police believe the woman and her son just happened to be in the area at the time of the shooting, and had nothing to do with what led up to it.

Detectives think the whole thing stemmed from an altercation involving a group of people that knew each other, including Blunt. He's since been charged with multiple handgun violations.

On March 31, police announced charges against three other suspects, including 18-year-old Malachi Smith, 19-year-old Byron Lamar Dickey Jr., and an unnamed 17-year-old form Waldorf.

So far, only Dickey has been released on bail.

A $5000 reward had previously been offered for tips that led to an arrest in the case. It's unclear if anyone collected that reward.