This photo released by the Howard County Police shows shooting suspect Darion Marcus Aguilar, 19, of College Park, MD.
Howard County Police—AP
January 27, 2014 3:42 PM EST

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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