|Over the weekend, this man Darion Aguilar went into a suburban Maryland mall and killed two people before killing himself. I am guessing that the racist right will find some way to blame President Barack Obama for it.|
Mall shooter in Maryland is a young Black man.
Colin Flaherty is going to go bananas over this one. The racist right hates hearing about mass shooters being White terrorist. They cheer with glee when the mass shooter is a Black person.
They can rehash the Black on White crime excuse.
Darion Marcus Aguilar was a 19-year old man who walked into a busy mall in Columbia, Maryland, on Saturday and killed two employees of a skateboard apparel shop before turning the shotgun on himself.
So far, law enforcement officials haven't determined a motive and aren't giving many details about the journal's contents. That's something people certainly will be talking about when the mall reopens for business at 1 p.m. ET Monday.
|The Mall Of Columbia the scene where a shooting occured.|
Police said Aguilar showed up at The Mall in Columbia in a taxi Saturday morning and stayed in a "generally confined area" before going to Zumiez, a shop that caters to skaters, on the second floor.
There he fired six to nine shots, killing 21-year-old Brianna Benlolo and 25-year-old Tyler Johnson before shooting himself.
Police are trying to find out more about Aguilar. CNN affiliate WBAL reported he was a quiet, tall, skinny skateboard enthusiast who graduated last year from Blake High School in Silver Spring. He had no criminal record and purchased the shotgun legally, WBAL said.
Aguilar had a backpack that contained two homemade bombs, police said. Both were disabled.
Howard County Police Chief Bill McMahon told reporters Sunday that in the journal, Aguilar "does express some general unhappiness with his life, but I really don't have any other information about that now."
|A young mom was gunned down in a mass shooting. Brianna Belolo was a worker at a skateboard and clothing company when a deranged shooter killed her and another man.|
According to WJLA, the officer went to Aguilar's home in College Park to speak with his mother after a missing person report was filed. The officer read parts of the journal and was concerned for Aguilar's safety, the affiliate said.
The investigator traced his phone and discovered it was pinging at the Mall in Columbia, which had become a crime scene by that time, WJLA said. When the Prince George's officer delivered the information to the mall, Howard County police were able to identify Aguilar.
Aguilar also had a backpack that contained two homemade bombs, police said. Both were disabled.
McMahon said there was no known relationship between Aguilar and Benlolo, WBAL reported.
"I know there's a lot of interest in the motive for this, and I have as much interest in that as anybody," McMahon said Sunday.
McMahon identified Aguilar as the shooter Sunday.
Aguilar purchased the 12-gauge Mossberg shotgun in December, the chief said.
|Tyler Johnson was gunned down by a deranged shooter at his employer. The Columbia Mall shooting continues a horrible tradition of gun violence and the potential for a terrorist attack at a soft target.|
On Saturday, a federal official briefed on the shooting told CNN that preliminary information suggested the gunman aimed only at the two victims, perhaps indicating it was an isolated situation and not a wider shooting spree.
Benlolo was an assistant manager at the store and had worked there since November 2012, according to her Facebook page.
Evelyn McDonald, her close friend, called the shooting shocking and a "complete tragedy."
"She was just full of energy. She was so nice and just an amazing artist and just an amazing person inside and out," McDonald told CNN.
Benlolo was the mother of a small boy.
"She loved her son. She loved being a mother," McDonald said.
|The shooting occurred at a skateboard and clothing store.|
Thousands in mall at time of shooting
The first 911 call about the shooting came at about 11:15 a.m. Saturday, and officers were in the mall within two minutes, police said.
Investigators said there were thousands of people in the mall at the time, with many hiding in fear behind store counters, in restrooms or in fitting rooms for hours after the shooting stopped.
"Think about this, on a Saturday afternoon at the mall, how many people may be in there," McMahon said Saturday. "Something like this happens and people run in many directions, and they also do what we train them to do -- to shelter in place."
Five people were taken to Howard County General Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said in a prepared statement. All were treated and later released.
We here at Journal de la Reyna send our condolences to Brianna Benlolo and Tyler Johnson.
Now obviously we'll hear talk about stripping firearm rights from Black men. After all, we're the reasons that the country is so messed up according to those on the racist right.
He could have been one of Obama's sons. Obviously, that's never going to stop the racist right from smearing on the name of gun shooting victim Trayvon Martin.