Howard County police have identified a woman who was found dead and a man suffering from “undetermined significant injures” at an apartment in Columbia on Sunday evening.

Amanda Nicole Harris, 36, of Columbia, was pronounced dead in the 8800 block of Spiral Cut, Howard police announced Monday morning. Her death was the second reported homicide in the county in the past two months.


William James Webb, 32, also of Columbia, was transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center where he remained in critical condition as of Monday, police said.

Harris’ and Webb’s injuries were the result of blunt force trauma, police said.

Police were dispatched to the apartment around 5:45 p.m., Sunday after family members asked for a welfare check at the residence. Police found the apartment secured when they arrived.

Howard County police arrest two men in Columbia fatal shooting

Howard County police say two Columbia men are being charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery and related charges in the fatal shooting of a 27-year-old man at Harper's Choice Village Center.

Police provided no further information and said they had not determined a motive.

Police are offering up to a $5,000 reward for information regarding the homicide and assault.

Last month, police arrested two men in the fatal shooting of 27-year-old Ronald Carolina Jr. He was found outside of Kahler Hall in the Harper’s Choice Village Center on March 28 and pronounced dead at Howard County General Hospital. Police have said they believe the shooting was drug-related.

Sunday’s homicide was the second in Howard for 2019 so far, surpassing last year’s single homicide in the county, according to police data. Howard police reported six homicides each in 2017 and 2016.

Both 2019 homicides were reported in Columbia.

Howard investigators are looking to talk to anyone who may have seen or heard anything in the area of Sunday’s homicide during the overnight hours between Saturday and Sunday.

Anyone with information can contact police at 410-313-STOP or HCPDcrimetips@howardcountymd.gov.