Police identify gunman in Maryland mall shooting
The gunman who shot and killed two people at a Maryland mall was a 19-year-old man from suburban Washington, police said Sunday, but it remained unclear whether he was personally acquainted with his victims.
Darion Marcus Aguilar of College Park, Md., carried out Saturday’s attack with a 12-gauge shotgun at a skateboard shop at the Mall of Columbia before killing himself, police said.
Howard County Police Chief William McMahon said investigators are trying to determine whether Aguilar knew either of the victims, who were both shop employees, and whether he had a criminal record. He offered no motive for the shooting.
“There are a lot of unanswered questions,” McMahon said at a news conference.
It took hours to identify the gunman since he was carrying ammunition and a backpack containing homemade explosives, McMahon said.
Officers searched Aguilar’s home Saturday night, recovering more ammunition and other evidence, police said.
The home is a two-story wood-frame house in a middle-income neighborhood called Hollywood, just off U.S. Route 1 and near the Capital Beltway. No one answered the door Sunday morning at the house, which had a Christmas wreath on the front door, signs that read “Beware of Dog” and advertised an alarm system.
Residents described the neighborhood as a mix of owners and renters, including some University of Maryland students.