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Man charged in Columbia fatal shooting from Saturday, Howard County’s first homicide of 2021

Howard County police have charged a man in connection with a fatal shooting Saturday evening.

Just before 5 p.m. Saturday, officers were called to the 7500 block of Monarch Mills Way for a report that a man had been shot in the parking lot of an apartment complex, police said. Simeon Mbuyu Mukuna, 18, of North Potomac, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Shawndel Weems, 23, who lives in one of the Monarch Mills apartments, has been charged with first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, use of a firearm in a felony and reckless endangerment.

When police located Weems at his apartment Saturday, he initially barricaded himself inside but then surrendered to police. He is being held without bond at the Howard County Detention Center.

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Police said Sunday that they believe Mukuna was in the area visiting a friend and that Weems and Mukuna did not know each other. Police are still investigating a possible motive and said the investigation is ongoing.

Weems did not have an attorney listed in electronic court records. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 9 in Howard County District Court.

Mukuna’s death is Howard County’s first homicide of 2021, police confirmed.

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