MD Mall Shooter Was “Ready To Die,” Thought He Needed Mental Health Help


Columbia, Md., mall shooter Darion Aguilar, 19, wrote in a journal about killing people, claimed he was “ready to die” and alluded to an unspecified plan that was “set,” the Baltimore Sun reports. Investigators say he wrote sporadic entries over the past year, indicating he thought he needed mental health help and apologizing to his family for his looming actions. He expressed a “general hatred toward others.”

The details offered the most complete account to date of Aguilar’s mental state in the period leading up to Saturday’s shooting. His shotgun blasts killed Brianna Benlolo, 21, and Tyler Johnson, 25, before he took his own life. Authorities say they know of no motive for the shooting. Aguilar assembled his shotgun in a rear dressing room of the skateboard store where the shooting took place before emerging and opening fire.

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