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Maryland Mall Shooter Was ‘Gentle’, Says Mom

Darion Marcus Aguilar
This photo released by the Howard County Police shows shooting suspect Darion Marcus Aguilar, 19, of College Park, MD. Howard County Police—AP

A women identifying herself as the mother of 19-year-old Darion Marcus Aguilar who shot 2 people at Maryland's Columbia Mall on Sunday said her son had no interest in guns and that she doesn't "know what happened"

Only a day after her son killed two people at a Maryland mall, a woman who identified herself as the mother of the 19-year-old shooter told reporters her son was “gentle.”

“I don’t know what happened. I really don’t,” said the woman, according to ABC News. “You can talk to any of his friends and see what a gentle person he is. He never had a gun before, never interested in guns. I don’t know what happened. I just don’t know what happened.”

On Sunday, Darion Marcus Aguilar shot 25-year-old Tyler Johnson and 21-year-old Brianna Benlolo with a 12-gauge shotgun on the upper level of Columbia Mall, Md, before turning the gun on himself. Both victims were employees at a skate shop in the shopping center; Benlolo was mother to a two-year-old child, and was from College Park, the same city as Aguilar.

Police said they are still investigating the shooter’s motive.

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