HANOVER, Md. (WJZ)– Two victims are shot late Friday night outside Arundel Mills mall. Now, the suspected gunman is also dead after a shootout with police.
Weijia Jiang has the very latest.
Police say that after the brazen and deadly shooting at the mall, the suspect was apparently ready to kill again. This time law enforcers were able to block him.
A wild shootout stuns a District Heights neighborhood Saturday morning.
“I was awakened by gun shots,” said a neighbor.
Just after 8 a.m., police surround the home of 22-year-old James Coleman, who they say confronted officers with a shotgun and an AK-47-style assault rifle, striking one officer in the upper body and face.
“He just started letting off round after round on the AK, and he hit one of the cops on the head,” a witness explained.
“Our officer is conscious. He’s undergoing tests at a local hospital,and we believe injuries are non-life-threatening,” a spokeswoman for the Anne Arundel County Police Department said.
Police fired back and shot Coleman to death.
Detectives tracked him down as the suspected trigger man in another shooting at Arundel Mills mall just before midnight. They say Coleman shot and killed 30-year-old Chonsay Green of Capitol Heights and 25-year-old Jeneen Dunn of Greenbelt, then fled in an SUV. It happened right outside the Dave & Buster’s restaurant.
“When the officers responded they located the victims both in the parking lot lying next to cars,” said Lt. Francis Tewey of the Anne Arundel County Police Department.
At the time of the shooting the mall was closed. But Dave & Buster’s and the movie theater next to it were open. Witnesses say the area was packed.
“They had everybody blocked in, weren’t letting anybody around the area where the shooting was,” William Koss said.
Several of Koss’ friends and family members work at Dave & Buster’s.
“You gotta worry about whether they’re safe or not walking from the car to the mall,” Koss said. “And it’s just not right.”
Police believe Coleman knew his victims, though they have not revealed a motive.
Security had been patrolling the mall throughout the day Saturday. Also, the general manager of Arundel Mills mall issued a statement to say that their thoughts and prayers are with the families linked to this tragedy.
The Prince George’s County officer involved in the shootout is expected to fully recover from his injuries.