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A Columbia mansion that was the site of a Halloween party where one man was fatally shot and another was badly injured was the scene of another shooting at a similar event in June, a Howard County police spokeswoman said Tuesday.

According to Sherry Llewellyn, police were called about 3 a.m. June 20 to the 11000 block of Manorstone Lane after complaints from neighbors. Investigators reported that shots were fired "in the air" outside the house by someone driving by. No one was injured, and no arrests were made. "There was some sort of altercation," Llewellyn said.

In the Halloween party shooting Sunday morning, police have charged Devin Dixon with the murder of Aaron Brice, 19, of Silver Spring and the attempted murder of Nathaniel Quick, 21, of Columbia. Quick is paralyzed, doctors at Maryland Shock Trauma Center have told his family. Dixon was arrested early Monday at his Elkridge residence, where police found a .40-caliber Glock handgun and 3 pounds of marijuana.

Much of the investigation has centered around who hosted the party that drew well over 100 people to the $1.6 million house in the quiet Columbia neighborhood.

Howard County Police Chief William McMahon said Monday that investigators found wristbands in the house, usually a sign that admission had been charged, and had talked with "the homeowner."

According to property records, the home is owned by Joanne Powell and Dennis Edwards.

Powell, who neighbors believe lives in the house with her teenage daughter, could not be reached for comment. When reached Monday by a reporter, Edwards said, "I don't have anything to do with that house."

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman has met with McMahon and other officials to discuss whether the homeowner had a role in the party. "Clearly, you can't run a business out of your home," he said, adding that he and others believe that somebody was "basically running a nightclub in a residentially zoned area."

The promoter for a fledgling music company that was involved in throwing the June party said that neither he nor his associate in Flii Masters Entertainment had anything to do with Saturday's bash.

Gabriel Stevens said Saturday's event was posted on Facebook by another start-up music company. The Facebook posting from Legal Hustle Ent X FameUs World & Co. that advertised a "Super Halloween Bash" at the Manorstone Lane home was taken down Tuesday, saying that the event had been canceled.

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