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Suspect arrested in deadly shooting near Laurel shopping center

Homicide detectives were called to the 3500 block of Russett Green East in Laurel Wednesday morning.

LAUREL, Md. — Police have arrested a suspect connected to a shooting that left a man dead in Laurel Wednesday morning. 

Officers with the Anne Arundel County Police responded to a reported shooting in the 3500 block of Russett Green East in Laurel near a Walmart and Sam's Club around 10:15 a.m. Once on scene, they found a man who had been shot. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Homicide detectives were called to investigate the circumstances of the shooting. 

In an update Friday, police say they have arrested a suspect in the deadly shooting. That suspect's identity has not been released. 

Corporal Chris Anderson with Anne Arundel County Police said preliminarily, it appears the suspect and the victim knew each other. Anderson said the suspect left the area in a black sedan and authorities are still searching for them.

The shooting happened near a busy shopping center in Laurel with a library and KinderCare Learning Center nearby. 

"It's eye-opening," Lauren McAleer who works at the KinderCare Learning Center, said. "It is very worrisome for us, but we did our best not to portray that on to the kids. They were fine, they were safe." 

Anderson said the man who was shot was found in the middle of the street. No stores or businesses were impacted, he added. 

"It can happen anywhere at any time," Anderson said. "There's no prerequisite for a crime to occur, whether it's a homicide or something much less severe," Anderson said. 

The identity of the man shot has not been made public, nor has any additional information concerning a possible motive. 

Anyone who may have information about this shooting is asked to call Anne Arundel County Police's tip line at (410) 222-4700. Police said they hope one of the nearby businesses will be able to supply them with private surveillance video to get a lead in this case.

The shooting marks the first homicide in Anne Arundel County for 2023. 

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