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U.S. police identify gunman in mall shooting

English.news.cn   2014-01-27 10:23:11

People are evacuated from Columbia Town Center Mall after three people were killed in a shooting in the mall in Columbia of Maryland, United States, on Jan.25, 2014.
People are evacuated from Columbia Town Center Mall after three people were killed in a shooting in the mall in Columbia of Maryland, United States, on Jan.25, 2014.

Photos >> 3 people killed in mall shooting in Maryland, U.S.

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) -- Local police said Sunday that they have identified the gunman in Saturday's shooting at a shopping mall in Columbia, Maryland, which resulted in the deaths of two store employees and the shooter himself.

The Howard County Police have tentatively identified the shooter as 19-year-old Darion Marcus Aguilar. It is believed that he died from a self-inflicted gun shot wound. A shotgun and ammunition were found near the shooter.

The two dead employees were Brianna Benlolo, 21, and Tyler Johnson, 25, according to the police.

No additional information can be released at this time about the suspect or the weapon, the police said. And the motive in the shooting is still unknown.

A search of the shooter's bag found inside the store revealed two crude devices that appeared to be an attempt at making explosives using fireworks, the police said. And the mall, with about 200 stores, remained closed on Sunday for safety reasons.

Five victims with minor injuries were transported to Howard County General Hospital and detectives are still investigating the crime scene.

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) -- Three people died and five were injured Saturday morning in a shooting that occurred in a shopping mall in Columbia of the U.S. state of Maryland, local police said.Full story

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