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Gunman identified in fatal mall shooting

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Police say 19-year-old Darion Marcus Aguilar of College Park, Maryland used a 12-gauge shotgun to kill two people in a Baltimore mall on Saturday before killing himself.

They say it took hours to identify him because he was carrying ammunition and homemade explosives.

Officials are still trying to find a motive and determine whether he knew either of the victims.

Both victims, 21-year-old Brianna Benlolo and 25-year-old Tyler Johnson worked at Zumiez a skateboard shop inside the mall.

Authorities responding to an active shooting at the Mall in Columbia found the three people dead, including the gunman. 

Howard County General Hospital said in a statement they were also treating five patients related to the shooting, but did not provide details on their condition. The hospital said one patient was a shooting victim who suffered a gunshot wound to the foot, and all five were later released.

The mall typically opens at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and was busy with shoppers and employees when shots rang out before noon on Saturday. A 911 call was placed at around 11:15 a.m. that day to report a shooting.

Witnesses said they heard a succession of gunshots fired near the food court on the first floor of the mall. Police later confirmed the shooting occurred on the upper level in a skate shop called Zumiez.

Laura McKinzles of Columbia works at a kiosk in the mall. She said she heard between eight and 10 gunshots, followed by people running and screaming. She ran into the backroom of a perfume store and locked the door.

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