Anne Arundel County police are seeking two men in a parking lot shooting Tuesday at Marley Station Mall in Glen Burnie that sent a 23-year-old to the hospital.
Police were called to a Dunkin' Donuts about 12:45 p.m., where they found the victim, a 23-year-old from Snow Hill. Police said the man, who was not immediately identified, had been shot in the upper torso after an altercation in the parking lot.
A police spokesman said that the victim had been targeted and that "it was not a random act of violence."
The wounded man was taken to the nearby Dunkin' Donuts by friends who called police. He was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, police said.
Police were searching for two men who sped away from the mall in what witnesses said was a dark gray Honda heading south on Ritchie Highway. Police said they had only a "vague description" of the men involved in the shooting.
A longtime mall employee said she heard about the shooting from shoppers, not from mall management or security. That is also how she found out about the beating and robbery of a 61-year-old woman in a mall parking lot earlier this month.
Two days after the woman was robbed and beaten near Macy's on March 2, police arrested Andre Ennis, 40.
"The problem I have is that we have no communication," said the woman, who said she did not want her name used for fear of being fired. "I'm getting scared."
The woman said mall security has done little to control the behavior of area teens who congregate at the mall on weekend nights. "They let them run amok."
County police and a mall spokesman said the shooting and the earlier robbery appear to be unrelated.
Stephen Walker, the mall's marketing manager, said security "is doing everything it can to provide services for shoppers and employees at the mall."