A Shooting At My Doorstep

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® MD594797

Breaking News this morning, January 25th, 2014: Shooting at the Mall in Columbia, MD

That is not a headline I could have ever imagined.

Columbia, MD is considered a safe place to live. Columbia, MDIn 2012 it was voted the eighth best small city to live in the USA by CNNMoney.

I live and work in Howard County, MD and just passed by the Mall in Columbia yesterday on my way to showing houses. It is practically at my door step.

Breaking News this morning, shockingly and unbelievably, it's all about the Mall in Columbia, MD.

However, it won't stop me from promoting Columbia, MD as a great place to live, work and play. This planned community has so much to offer. The shooting does not define the city.

It's the act of one crazy, violent individual who lacked morals, integrity, empathy and respect. He does not represent what Howard County and Columbia, MD stand for - no matter how much the media will sensationalize the shooting.  

My heart goes out to the victims (3 are believed dead at this point in time) and their families.

For up-to-date information follow the Howard County Police Department on Facebook.

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Andrea is a REALTOR® based in Silver Spring, MD. She has enjoyed assisting buyers and sellers since 2004 and focuses on residential Real Estate in  Montgomery and Howard County, MD. Andrea is a proud mom and hobby decorator with a vintage soul. She always answers the phone with a smile, enjoys running and treasure hunting and is addicted to coffee.


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John Ferrin
HomeSmart - Gilbert, AZ

That is terrble news. It's a sign of the times we live in now I suppose.  It also shows this type of random violence can happen anywhere, anytime.

Jan 25, 2014 03:31 AM #1
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

So sorry to hear of this tragic news, prayers to the victims and their families.  Stay save Andrea!

Jan 25, 2014 03:52 AM #2
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Years ago in my small town an estranged husband walked into the local Lowe's and shot his wife.  He then walked out and got in her car and shot himself.  That didn't define my city and no one thinks about it when we go into that store anymore.  I'm hearing on the  news this might also be "domestic" related.  I'm sure happy to know you are fine.

Jan 25, 2014 05:24 AM #3
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

So sorry to hear such tragedy, my prayers go out to victims and their families. None of us are immune to violence, no matter where we live.

Jan 25, 2014 05:25 AM #4
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

It is terrible John. Anywhere, anytime.. that is scary. But we can't let that stop us from living our lives.

It does make you wonder Bob. After airplanes, movie theaters, schools, colleges.. where is one still safe? But, again, we have to live our lives. The HCPD did an outstanding job and so did people at the mall, herding others to a safe place, locking the doors and waiting for police to arrive.

Hi Tammy, according to the Police Department the motive has not been confirmed, it being domestic is speculation at this point in time. It's a tragedy, no matter how you look at it.

It wouldn't surprise me to see headlines such as "Is Columbia still safe/good place to live?" in the days ahead. My answer is, absolutely.

That thought makes you pause, doesn't it Beth?

Jan 25, 2014 05:39 AM #5
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

How absolutely sad Andrea!  Ugh.  We actually just had a shooting right down the road at our local Bar Louies...I think the victims are OK though.  Scary that it was so close.  With that shooting in Florida at the Movie Theaters..this just gets ridiculous.  I don't care what's going on, we need to have some better gun control laws IMO.  

Jan 25, 2014 07:56 AM #6
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I saw this headline earlier today. I'm so glad you and your girls weren't at the mall. I can't understand why we've had this rash of public shootings lately. 

Jan 25, 2014 08:51 AM #7
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

This is the first news story I heard today.  This stuff can happen anywhere.

Jan 25, 2014 10:35 AM #8
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

I completely agree with you Brenda. Tragedies like these happen too often, it's not OK and I refuse to accept that this is "our new normal".

I'm glad we didn't go Debbie and I feel for all the people who had to experience such trauma. They've identified the 2 victims (the 3rd one was the shooter) - 18 and 25 yrs old. I hope they are wrapped up tightly in the arms of an angel.

We know it Chris Ann but with every tragedy we think 'not in my neck of the woods' and then it happens at your doorstep.

Jan 25, 2014 11:41 AM #9
Eric Crane -- Your Full Service, Discount Fee Realtor®
DPR Realty LLC - Gilbert, AZ
Greater Metro Phoenix Arizona

very said news... it is troubling how often this happens in public places now and throughout America.

Jan 25, 2014 12:34 PM #10
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Andrea, I had not heard this..so sorry. This makes the second post I've read this morning on crime.

Jan 25, 2014 11:14 PM #11
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Andrea, I'm so sorry your community is having to deal with this. Too many crazy young kids with guns.

Jan 27, 2014 04:40 AM #12
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Andrea, those are sad and unfortunate tragedies that could happen anywhere. 

Feb 01, 2014 07:51 AM #13
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