BREAKING: COLUMBIA MALL SHOOTER IDENTIFIED AS 19-YEAR-OLD DARION MARCUS AGUILAR.
BREAKING: The victims in the Maryland mall shooting have been identified as Brianna Benlolo, 21, of College Park, Md., and Tyler Johnson, 25, of Ellicott City, Md. They were both employees of Zumiez.
Zumiez Facebook page: “We are deeply saddened by the violence that has occurred this morning within our store in Maryland at The Mall in Columbia. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families.
As you have heard from the Howard County Police the two victims are Zumiez employees. They have been identified as Brianna Benlolo and Tyler Johnson.
We’re making arrangements for counselling to be made available to Zumiez employees in the area.
As you can imagine, we are receiving numerous calls and are unable to respond to the flood of questions at this time. We’re working with the Howard County police department and all information will come through them. We won’t be giving interviews or comments. Thank you for understanding.
The Zumiez team is a tight knit community and all of our hearts go out to Brianna and Tyler’s families. ” Rick Brooks, Zumiez CEO
According to WJLA, Brianna Benlolo was shot as she stood behind a counter. The gunman reportedly came from changing room in the back and aimed at her. Tyler Johnson was shot as he moved to the front of the store. The shooter then committed suicide, WJLA reports. Police have said the shooter, who hasn’t been identified, had a large amount of ammunition on him.
The Howard County Police Department posted a news release on its Facebook page:
Investigators have tentatively identified the shooter and are following up on investigative leads. It is believed he died from a self-inflicted gun shot wound. A shotgun and ammunition were found at the scene. No additional information can be released at this time about the suspect or the weapon. 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. Both were disabled. Police will conduct a thorough search of the mall using K-9 units through the night, which is protocol in this type of scenario. The mall will remain closed tomorrow. People may retrieve vehicles from the mall parking lot this evening. Anyone with an emergency situation related to property left inside the mall should call the mall’s Public Safety Office at 410-730-3302.