Police Identify Maryland Mall Gunman

Maryland mall shooter reported to have been in possession of explosives during the shooting.

This photo released by the Howard County Police shows the Maryland Mall shooting suspect Darion Marcus Aguilar.
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Police have identified 19-year-old Darion Marcus Aguilar as the gunman in Saturday's Columbia, Md. mall shooting. According to authorities Aguilar killed two people with a 12-gauge shotgun before killing himself. Five people were also injured as a result of the chaos that ensued as shots were fired, and were taken to Howard County General Hospital, nbcwashington.com reports.

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The local CBS station reported Aguilar concealed the shotgun in a bag before firing the gun six to nine times. Two homemade bombs were also found in Aguilar's backpack, CNN indicated.


The two victims who died in the shooting have been identified as Brianna Benlolo, 21, and Tyler Johnson, 25, the Washington Post reported. Benlolo and Johnson both worked in a store, Zumiez, which sells skateboards and skateboard related items.

Though investigators have been unable to confirm a connection between the victims and the gunmen, the Washington Post indicated that there have been reports of a romantic relationship between Benlolo and Aguilar.

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"There's still speculation that there was somehow some romantic involvement" between Aguilar and Benlolo, Howard County Police Chief William J. McMahon said in a press conference. "We have not been able to establish that, and I'm not sure where that information is coming from."

Police say Aguilar had no previous criminal record and was a recent graduate from James Hubert Blake High School in nearby Montgomery County. However, there remain many unanswered questions about the shooting including Aguilar's motive.

Police did retrieve Aguilar's journal from his home which "does express some general unhappiness with his life," McMahon said.

The mall is scheduled to reopen Monday afternoon though people say it will never be the same.

"Nothing is going to go back to normal. This mall will be different because of what happened," McMahon said.

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