Mall Shooter Wrote of Killing People in Journal

Darion Aguilar also mentioned his 'plan,' but didn't get specific

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 29, 2014 5:52 PM CST

(Newser) – A journal kept by the teenage gunman who killed two people and himself at a mall in suburban Baltimore reveals a troubled young mind. In a series of tweets from the Howard County Police Department, authorities said 19-year-old Darion Aguilar:

  • Wrote of killing people, but didn't mention specific names or locations, and cited a "general hatred of others"
  • Apologized to his family
  • Wrote that his plan was set, but again didn't offer specifics
  • Said he will ready and willing to die
  • Said he thought he needed the help of a mental health professional

The writings shed a bit more light into Aguilar's state of mind, "but they leave unanswered perhaps the most important questions," observes the Washington Post. Still unknown is why Aguilar chose the Mall at Columbia, the Zumiez skate shop in particular, and his two victims—a 21-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man. Meanwhile, TV critic David Zurawik at the Baltimore Sun blasts reports that he says amount to little more than rumor-mongering about a potential "domestic" motive.

This photo released by Howard County police shows Darion Marcus Aguilar.   (AP Photo/ Howard County Police)
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