Howard County police have arrested two men in the fatal shooting of Ronald Carolina Jr. in Columbia’s Harper’s Choice Village Center on March 28.

Daniel Keantay Owens, 24, of Cedar Lane in Columbia, and Antonio Donte Bardney, 18, of Rivendell Lane in Columbia, were arrested Thursday, according to a news release. They are being charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery and related charges, police said.


Owens was arrested Thursday morning and Bardney on Thursday evening. They are being held without bond at the Howard County Detention Center, a police spokeswoman said.

Howard County police identify 27-year-old Columbia man killed in shopping center shooting Thursday

Howard County police say 27-year-old Ronald Carolina, Jr., was killed in a shooting in Columbia on Thursday afternoon.

At about 5:20 p.m. March 28, police responded to the 5400 block of Old Tucker Row outside of Kahler Hall for a report of a subject shot. Carolina, 27, of Columbia, was found suffering from gunshot wounds.

Witnesses told investigators they saw two men approach Carolina and then run away after hearing two or three gunshots, police said.

He was transported to Howard County General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

In 2018, there was one homicide in Howard County, down from six each in 2017 and 2016, according to police data.

A reward of up to $5,000 is still being offered for any information related to this incident. Contact police at 410-313-STOP or