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.
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,
General Growth Properties Inc.