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Questions remain following mall shooting

Sunday - 1/26/2014, 2:20pm  ET

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) -- Police say a 19-year-old from suburban Washington was the gunman in yesterday's deadly shootings at a Maryland shopping mall.

Police say Darion Marcus Aguilar (AG'-uh-lahr) of College Park, Md., used a 12-gauge shotgun to kill two people at a store in the Mall in Columbia before killing himself. They say it took hours to identify the shooter since he was carrying ammunition and a backpack containing crude homemade explosives.

Police say officers found more ammunition and other evidence when they searched Aguilar's home last night.

Howard County Police Chief William McMahon says there are still "a lot of unanswered questions," including a motive. He says investigators are trying to determine whether Aguilar knew either of the victims and whether he had a criminal record.

The victims have been identified as 21-year-old Brianna Benlolo of College Park, Md., and 25-year-old Tyler Johnson of Ellicott City, Md. Both worked at a skateboard shop called Zumiez (ZOO'-meez).

Police searched the mall with dogs overnight. The stores will remain closed through Tuesday.

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153-w-32-(Ross Simpson, AP correspondent)--Police in Columbia, Maryland have identified the gunman in the mall shooting that left three people dead. AP correspondent Ross Simpson has the latest on the investigation. (26 Jan 2014)

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132-a-11-(Bill McMahon, police chief, Howard County, at news conference)-"really triggered this"-Howard County Police Chief Bill McMahon says officials are hoping to interview family members of the victims to try and determine any connection to the shooter. (26 Jan 2014)

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130-a-11-(Bill McMahon, police chief, Howard County, at news conference)-"not very sophisticated"-Howard County Police Chief Bill McMahon says police found a backpack in the store which contained explosive devices. (26 Jan 2014)

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131-a-11-(Bill McMahon, police chief, Howard County, at news conference)-"might have happened"-Howard County Police Chief Bill McMahon says police have identified the shooter as Darion Marcus Aguilar (AG'-uh-lar). (26 Jan 2014)

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128-a-10-(Bill McMahon, police chief, Howard County, at news conference)-"is not one"-Howard County Police Chief Bill McMahon says police have not yet connected the 19-year-old shooter from College Park, Maryland with the victims. (26 Jan 2014)

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APPHOTO RPBN101: The home of Darion Marcus Aguilar of College Park, Md., is seen Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. Police say Aguilar carried out Saturday's attack with a shotgun at a skateboard shop at the Mall of Columbia before killing himself. Howard County Police Chief William McMahon said investigators are trying to determine whether Aguilar knew either of the victims and whether he had a criminal record. They offered no motive for the shooting. (AP Photo/Ben Nuckles) (26 Jan 2014)

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