Maryland mall shooter identified by police


Shoppers leave the Mall of Columbia after a fatal shooting on Jan. 25, 2014, in Columbia, Md. Credit: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

The gunman in Saturday’s deadly shooting at the Mall of Columbia has been identified as a 19-year-old who lived in College Park, Md.

The shooter, Darion Marcus Aguilar, used a 12-gauge shotgun to kill 21-year-old Brianna Benlolo, of College Park, Md., and 25-year-old Tyler Johnson of Ellicott City, Md., before turning the gun on himself.

Aguilar was carrying extra ammunition and a backpack containing crude homemade explosives, the Associated Press reported, which initially slowed efforts by the police to identify him.

Both victims were employees at a skateboard shop at the mall called Zumiez.

Police are still trying to determine if Aguilar knew the victims.