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Crude explosives found on Maryland mall gunman – police

Published time: January 26, 2014 18:19
Police gather outside a Sears store at the Columbia Mall after a fatal shooting on January 25, 2014, in Columbia, Maryland. (AFP Photo/Jewel Samad)

Police gather outside a Sears store at the Columbia Mall after a fatal shooting on January 25, 2014, in Columbia, Maryland. (AFP Photo/Jewel Samad)

The gunman behind the Saturday shooting at a Maryland mall was carrying crude explosives at the time of the incident, police have confirmed. The man, who killed two retail workers before turning the gun on himself, has been identified by authorities.

The man was identified as 19-year-old Darion Marcus Aguilar, according to Howard County police chief Bill McMahon.

McMahon said he did not know if Aguilar had a criminal record, but said that police found crudely made explosives on his body. Police issued a statement saying that they found and disabled “two crude devices that appeared to be an attempt at making explosives using fireworks.”

He added that the devices were made of “flash powder and household items” and were found in a backpack in the Zumiez store, where the shooting took place.

The mall was searched by officers and police dogs overnight on Saturday, and the shopping center was to remain closed on Sunday. Howard County executive Ken Ulman said the mall would likely reopen on Tuesday, if not sooner.

The two victims of the shooting have been named as 20-year-old Brianna Benlolo and 25-year-old Tyler Johnson, who both worked at Zumiez, a shop selling skateboarding equipment.

Benlolo’s grandfather, John Feins, told AP that Benlolo had a two-year-old son and was working her first job since her child was born.

“It’s senseless. It’s totally senseless. I mean what can you say?You go to work and make a dollar and you got some idiot coming in and blowing people away,” he said.

Howard County General Hospital said that it treated and released five other patients, one of whom had a gunshot wound.

Comments (4)


Bradley Mead 28.01.2014 16:27

LE is out of control in this country and prosecutors are all a bunch of Mike Nifongs looking for a political career.


RichardD 27.01.2014 20:19

The US Food and Drug Administration is corrupt and derelict in it's duty to protect society from dangerous drugs. It's responsibility is to make sure that drugs approved for public use are safe and effective. Psycho shooter drugs clearly aren't safe, and there's no proof that they're effective. They can't even find a physical cause that is causing these mental disorders to treat them with mind altering drugs. And they can't determine if these drugs are correcting any type of chemical imbalance in the brain, because they can't find a chemical imbalance to correct. They're running a scam for profit.


RichardD 27.01.2014 20:13

The main stream media, police and criminal judicial system are covering up the psycho shooter drug component of the mass shooting problem. 17% of the US military is on these drugs which are known to cause psychosis, homicidal and suicidal ideation. Over 300 a year commit suicide. The military knows what percentage are on these drugs, but isn't releasing the information, because it would show the high percentage of atrocities and suicides where these drugs are a causal factor. We didn't have this problem before big pharma and their pusher shrinks flooded our streets with this poison.

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