No known motive yet for Columbia Mall gunman, police say

The Columbia Mall shooter had “no known relationship” with and the two people he killed before apparently taking his own life, police said.

“We are continuing to look for that motive,” Howard County Police Chief Bill McMahon said. “”I know there’s a lot of interest in the motive for this, and I have as much interest in that as anybody.”

Darion Aguilar

Darion Aguilar

Darion Marcus Aguilar, 19, of College Park, fired several times from a shotgun to kill Brianna Benlolo, 21, also of College Park, and Tyler Johnson, 25, of Mount Airy, inside the Zumiez skate shop where they worked at the  himself.

Aguilar, 19, had no criminal record, police said. He bought the 12-gauge shotgun in December.

Prince George’s County Police said Aguilar’s family in the 4700 block of Hollywood Road in College Park filed a missing person’s report shortly after the shooting. An investigator recovered a journal that indicated that Aguilar was unhappy about his life and may have been a danger to himself and others. Police have not released the details of the journal.

A Dunkin Donuts spokeswoman confirmed that Aguilar had worked at its store in the 10200 block of Baltimore Avenue in College Park, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Police said he arrived at the mall in a cab about an hour before the shooting, which also injured five other people.

A witness told The Baltimore Sun, that Aguilar looked into her eyes before pulling the trigger.

“He looked straight at me. He pointed the gun at me and looked at my eyes,” she said. Robinson’s husband, Terrance Lilly, screamed at her to get down, which she did as a shot went over her head.

He looked straight at me. He pointed the gun at me and looked at my eyes,” she said. Robinson’s husban, screamed at her to get down, and the shot went over her head.

Benlolo had become an assistant manager at the Zumiez store and was raising a 2-year-old child. A housemate told NBC4, that Benlolo was “a wonderful mom and wonderful person.”

Benlolo’s grandfather, John Feins, told the Associated Press that his granddaughter’s job at Zumiez was her first since she went back to work after her son’s birth.

“She was all excited,” he said.

He said his granddaughter moved from Colorado about two years ago and was on good terms with her son’s father, and they shared custody.

Johnson had started at the skate store in November. According to his Facebook page, he had been sober for more than two years.



  1. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Better question: What kind of immaturity causes a 19-year old, to play with skateboards? Unless there is a relationship with either of the deceased victims, I find it odd that a 19-year old would be involved with skateboarding. When I was 19, I was a Marine.

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