Financial Records of Columbia Mall Shooter Under Review
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COLUMBIA, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Maryland police said Tuesday that they were investigating the financial records of a man who killed two people and then himself inside a shopping mall.
The Howard County police department said on its Twitter account that detectives were examining the records of Darion Aguilar to “learn more about his activities.” No further information about the records was immediately released, though police have been seeking clues on a motive in Saturday’s shooting inside The Mall in Columbia.
Howard County police also said that a journal recovered from the home of the gunman, 19-year-old Darion Aguilar, does not shed light on whether he knew either of the two victims. Aguilar was an avid skateboarder who graduated from high school last spring and was working at a Dunkin’ Donuts shop.
“Police have learned shooter Darion Aguilar frequented Columbia Mall and would hang outside and smoke in small groups. It is unknown if he’d been in Zumiez before,” police said in an update posted to their Facebook page, asking mall patrons for help gathering further information.
Investigators are also analyzing a cell phone found on Aguilar’s body and the computer at his home, but police say no new information has been discovered.
Police have said Aguilar used a legally purchased shotgun to kill two employees of a skate gear store and then shot himself. Authorities have said a journal found at Aguilar’s home expressed general unhappiness, but they have not been able to pinpoint a reason for the shooting or a connection between the 19-year-old College Park man and the two victims.
The mall, located in suburban Washington, D.C., reopened for business on Monday.
Authorities said Tuesday that they were not prepared to release the contents of the journal, which they have previously said expressed general feelings of sadness, but posted on Twitter that “Aguilar knew he was having mental health issues.” Police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said detectives were still interviewing people who knew Aguilar and did not want to be more specific on mental health while those interviews were taking place.
Ellis Cropper, a family friend who is serving as a family spokesman, said he didn’t know anything about Aguilar having mental health issues, but declined to comment further and said Aguilar’s mother did not want him doing any more interviews.
Detectives are still seeking a motive in Saturday’s shooting at the Zumiez store, which sells skateboard gear, at the Mall in Columbia in suburban Baltimore.
Bruce Goldfarb, a spokesman for the state medical examiner’s office, said Tuesday that the gunman died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. One victim, 21-year-old Brianna Benlolo, died from gunshot wounds to the neck and chest, and the second victim, 25-year-old Tyler Johnson, also suffered multiple gunshot wounds, Goldfarb said.
The full autopsy reports are not yet available.
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