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Owners of Columbia Mall Pledge to Ensure Safety in Wake of Shooting

A full-page newspaper ad included a letter from the CEO calling the Mall in Columbia a "gathering place that represents family and togetherness."

The Mall in Columbia. File photo.
The Mall in Columbia. File photo.

A full-page ad in the Baltimore Sun by General Growth Properties Inc., the owner of the Mall in Columbia, included a pledge to continue to "ensure the safety and well-being of our shoppers, retailers and employees."

The ad Monday came after a deadly weekend in which three people died in a mall shooting that garnered national attention as one in a spate of mass shootings nationally. 

The ad, which was essentially a public letter from the company's CEO,  said:

The Mall in Columbia is a community gathering place that represents family and togetherness. On behalf of GGP and the Mall in Columbia, we offer our heart-felt condolences as you grieve and begin to heal following Saturday's tragedy. We will forever remember Brianna Benlolo and Tyler Johnson and keep their families and loved ones in our thoughts and prayers, as well las our friends at Zumiez.

Columbia, Maryland, is rooted in an enhanced quality of life and values that represent unity and peace. The community has shown amazing strength and spirit through this tragedy and we are committed to reinforcing that same sense of well-being and community when the mall reopens.

The extraordinary partnership from the Howard County Police Department, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, first responders and an outpouring of support from the community exemplifies the kindness, dedication and resilience of the great city of Columbia and the greater Baltimore area.

It has always been our first priority to ensure the safety and well-being of our shoppers, retailers and employees. That resolve will not change.

I'm forever grateful,

Sandeep Mathrani

CEO

General Growth Properties Inc.

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