HANOVER, Md. - Shoppers didn't hesitate to get back to Arundel Mills Mall after a violent start to the weekend. Police say Jeneen Dunn, 25, and Chonsay Green, 30, from Prince George's County, were shot and killed in the parking lot of Dave and Buster's.
"Preliminary investigation from the homicide unit indicates that this is probably not a random act of violence," said Lt. Francis Tewey, Anne Arundel Co. Police spokesman.
Witness accounts led police to District Heights, where they say the suspect, James Coleman, 22, walked out of his front door with an AK-47 in one hand and a shotgun in the other and opened fire.
"I heard like pop, pop, pop, pop, pop and then after that it was just over," said Delontyn Dobbins, the suspect’s neighbor.
One officer was shot in the face, hand and leg before police shot and killed Coleman. The officer is expected to survive.
We caught up with the neighborhood association president who looks after more than 800 homes that surround the mall.
"We want to make sure that we are taking steps in our neighborhoods with the police to prevent any crime from coming into the neighborhoods," said Doug Perry, The Villages of Dorchester Neighborhood Association President.
Construction is underway for a casino at the mall next year. Developers with the Cordish Companies say it will offer state-of-the-art security and surveillance, as well as a greater police presence. The incident isn't keeping shoppers away from the mall.
"My family comes out there all the time, so I really hate to see something like that continue to happen around here," said Joe Ned.
This time last year, a teen was stabbed inside Arundel Mills; three others were arrested. Tonight, we were told by a family friend that a vigil was scheduled at the mall for the two recent victims. But security told us to the leave the property.
An online check shows the suspect had a lengthy criminal record, including multiple counts of robbery, assault and gun charges.
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