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16-year-old charged as adult for handgun violations following Wilde Lake schools' lockdown

A 16-year-old Columbia male has been charged as an adult by Howard County police after he fired a handgun on a Columbia footpath near Daystar Court on Sept. 17, leading to a brief lockdown at Wilde Lake middle and high schools.

Levar Mullen was arrested on Sept. 22 at the Wilde Lake Village Center and waived to adult status late Wednesday. He has been charged with reckless endangerment, handgun on person, firearm use and firearm possession by a minor.

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According to police, a gunshot was reported in the area around 2:45 p.m. last week. Officers then searched the area, but found no threat to student safety. The lockdowns were lifted shortly after 3 p.m.

Through investigation, police found a shell casing nearby and later identified Mullen, who is not a student at any local schools. No one was injured.

Mullen is being held on $500,000 bail.

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