Howard County police are investigating three shootings — one of them fatal — that occurred in Columbia over the weekend and are working to determine whether they are linked, the department said Monday.
Officers were called to the 5600 block of Cedar Lane in Harper’s Choice at 8:29 p.m. Saturday for a report that two people had been shot outside, Howard police said. The block is at the edge of Swansfield Elementary School and across the street from the Swansfield Community Center and Pool.
Sherod Madison Hogue, 26, of Columbia, and Gregory Peck McGraw, 31, of Baltimore, were transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with serious injuries, according to police. McGraw has since been released, but Hogue was listed in critical condition Monday, police said.
The shooting occurred about 4 miles away from and less than 24 hours before a fatal shooting in Columbia on Sunday afternoon.
Howard police said officers were called to the 9600 block of Basket Ring Road just before 2:40 p.m. for that shooting. When officers arrived at the scene in the Oakland Mills neighborhood, police said they found a man suffering from gunshot wounds.
Juan Michael Ross, 23, of Jessup, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
There was no sign of any crime scene Monday afternoon in the faded yellow condominium complex near the Oakland Mills Village Center. The cul-de-sac was quiet and the nearby playground beside Talbott Springs Elementary School was desolate, except for a family of deer munching on grass.
Police also are investigating a third shooting that occurred overnight, about 4 miles south of the fatal shooting.
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Officers were called to the 7500 block of Monarch Mills Way at 1:35 a.m., Monday for several reports of gunshots. As they were searching the area, police said they learned a man with a gunshot wound in his leg had been driven to Howard County General Hospital by a friend.
Deandre Cummings, 24, of Columbia, has since been treated and released from the hospital, according to police.
A Howard County police patrol car was seen leaving the Monarch Mills apartment complex Monday afternoon, but there was no remnant of the shooting scene. As the American and Maryland flags flapped in the wind, a family was taking their dog for a quick walk and a woman power-walked around the large parking lot soaking up the sunshine and warm temperatures. Both declined to speak with a Baltimore Sun reporter about the morning shooting.
Police said they are looking into the possibility that the Sunday and Monday shootings may have been drug-related.
Police are trying to determine whether the shootings are connected in any way and whether those involved knew one another. All three investigations are ongoing.
Anyone with information on any of the three shootings should contact police at 410-313-STOP or HCPDcrimetips@howardcountymd.gov.
Baltimore Sun reporter McKenna Oxenden contributed to this article.