Mall Gunman Was Avid Skater With No Criminal Past

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
Police say a 19-year-old from suburban Washington was the gunman in yesterday

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UPDATE: COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) - Police say they have found the Maryland mall gunman's journal and it expresses some general unhappiness, but they say they still are not sure of a motive in the shooting.

Howard County Police Chief William McMahon said Sunday night that they had taken the journal from Darion Marcus Aguliar's house, but he did not give any specifics about what it contained.

He says they are still interviewing friends and family of the gunman and the victims, but authorities are not sure yet whether they knew each other.

Aguliar killed two people at the Mall in Columbia on Saturday before turning the gun on himself. Police say he was armed with a shotgun, plenty of ammunition and a backpack filled with crude homemade ----explosives.
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UPDATE: COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) - Police say a 19-year-old from suburban Washington was the gunman in yesterday's deadly shootings at a Maryland shopping mall.

Police say Darion Marcus Aguilar of College Park, Md., used a 12-gauge shotgun to kill two people at a store in the Mall of Columbia before killing himself. They say it took hours to identify the shooter since he was carrying ammunition and a backpack containing crude homemade explosives.

Police say more ammunition and other evidence was found when officers searched Aguilar's home last night.

Howard County Police Chief William McMahon says there are still "a lot of unanswered questions," including a motive. He says investigators are trying to determine whether Aguilar knew either of the victims and whether he had a criminal record.

The victims have been identified as 21-year-old Brianna Benlolo of College Park, Md., and 25-year-old Tyler Johnson of Ellicott City, Md. Both worked at a skateboard shop called Zumiez (ZOO'-meez).

Police searched the mall with dogs overnight, and stores will remain closed through Tuesday.
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UPDATE: COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) - A Maryland hospital says five people injured in a mall shooting and its aftermath have been treated and released.

The shooting on Saturday at the Mall in Columbia ended in three deaths, including that of the gunman.

Howard County General Hospital tweeted late Saturday that the five others who were injured had all been treated and released.

One patient was reported to be a shooting victim while at least three other patients sustained other injuries.

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COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) - Police have identified the two retail employees killed in a shooting at a Maryland mall.

The Howard County Police said late Saturday that the victims were 21-year-old Brianna Benlolo of College Park, Md., and 25-year-old Tyler Johnson of Ellicott City, Md. The gunman also died.

Both worked at Zumiez, which sold skate apparel and accessories.

Police say the attack took outside Zumiez on the upper level of the Mall in Columbia, a suburb of both Baltimore and Washington.

McMahon said authorities ran into difficulty in identifying the gunman because of concerns that he might be carrying explosives.

Five other people were injured.
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COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) - COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) - Police say they are still trying to determine the identity of a gunman who killed two employees of a store at a Maryland shopping mall. The gunman also died.

The attack took place at a skateboard shop called Zumiez on the upper level of the Mall in Columbia, a suburb of both Baltimore and Washington, according to Howard County Police Chief William J. McMahon.

McMahon said authorities ran into difficulty in identifying the gunman because of concerns that he might be carrying explosives.

The two victims were a man and a woman, both in their 20s. They were employees of the shop where the attack occurred. Their names were not released.

Five other people were injured, none seriously.


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