Darion Marcus Aguilar has been identified as the gunman behind the Columbia mall shooting that killed two shoppers yesterday in Maryland.
According to police, the 19-year old arrived by taxi to the building and fired between six and eight shots from a 12-gauge shotgun. He ended this heinous act by taking his own life.
The two victims in the incident have also been identified as 21-year-old Brianna Benlolo and 25-year-old Tyler Johnson.
Howard County Police Chief Bill McMahon told reporters today that Aguilar purchased his weapon in December and used it to kill himself.
Five others were also wounded in the attack; one by gunshot and four in the stampede that followed once the bullets rang out near a store on the mall's second floor. All are expected to recover.
McMahon added that shooter's motive was unclear and authorities are investigating whether Aguilar knew either of the deceased, both of whom worked at a skater shop called Zumiez.
Late last night, police also revealed that "two crude devices that appeared to be an attempt at making explosives using fireworks" were found inside the shooter's bag and both were quickly "disabled."
The first 911 call related to the shooting was made around 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, with the mall locked down and considered "secure" by 1 p.m.
The building will remain closed today so that K-9 units can check the mall to ensure all is now safe
"We are deeply saddened by the violence that has occurred this morning within our store in Maryland at The Mall in Columbia," Zumiez CEO Rick Brooks said. "We're making arrangements for counseling to be made available to Zumiez employees in the area."