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Howard County police have identified the Columbia man who was fatally shot near an area shopping center on Thursday evening.

Ronald Carolina, Jr., 27, was found outside of Kahler Hall in the Harper’s Choice Village Center, which houses stores and businesses, police said in a news release. He was taken to Howard County General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

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Officers responded around 5:21 p.m. to a report of a shooting on the 5400 block of Old Tucker Row. Witnesses told investigators they saw two men approach Carolina and then run away after hearing two or three gunshots, police said.

Police believe the shooting might be drug-related. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911.

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