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Maryland Shooter: No Connection To The Victims

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The mother of Darion Aguilar said that her son had never even owned a weapon prior to the gun he bought a month ago. It was a Mossburg 12-gauge shotgun. It would be the first and last gun he ever used.

“If you were to go into his room you would see what a gentle, sweet kid he was.”

Aguilar was identified as the gunman responsible for Mall of Columbia shooting that took place on Saturday morning.

Aguilar entered the mall without incident, but opened fire on 21-year-old Brianna Benlolo and Tyler Johnson, 25, an hour later. In addition to killing the two Zumiez employees, Aguilar took his own life.

A community was left reeling in the aftermath.

As for the 19-year-old shooter’s mother, she says she cannot understand what occurred. She also shared that she doesn’t feel that her son knew the two victims at all. A lack of previous connection makes the killings all the more bizarre and tragic.

Aguilar’s mother, who had no idea that her son was the shooter, had filed a missing person’s report when her son was absent from work, despite saying he planned to go. Aguilar lived with her in the suburb of College Park, near the University of Maryland.

Having recovered the shooter’s journal from his mother, police investigators are hoping what’s in the pages will offer up some kind of explanation. At present, there is no known motive. Evidence shows that the shooting was limited to the vicinity of the two victims. This meant there was no attempt at a wider, indiscriminate shooting spree.

In addition to the fatalities, one individual was hospitalized for a gunshot wound to the foot, while four others were injured in the resulting chaos.

The disbelief expressed by Darion Aguilar’s mother may be dismissed by some as the blind love of a maternal figure who should have read the signs. However, it could very well be that her “gentle, sweet kid” was dealing with demons that no one saw, not even his loving mother.

They managed to stay hidden from view until it was far too late. Now, multiple families are left with pain and unanswered questions.

Image via Associated Press

Maryland Shooter: No Connection To The Victims
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  • Doesn’t Make Sense

    Stop making this into a gun issue! The right to bear arms is not about owning guns it is about the right of the masses to protect themselves from tyrannical governments. A gun didn't kill these people —- a crazy person with a a gun did. I also find this very suspicious. A person with no motive just goes to a mall and shoots people he doesn't know? It is almost as if he is a Manchurian candidate. Then right behind the event, there is someone from CNN pushing to get guns. It is undeniable that there is an effort to get the guns in this country.

    Really, look at this case. A good kid with no mental issues and no criminal record. No connection to the victims and he was not on drugs. Why on earth would he do this? Something is not right or not being told. I hate to tell people but few people just snap. There is ALWAYS a reason and ALWAYS a connection.

    The things going on in this country from 9/11 to Sandy Hook to Boston to the NSA spying to this shooting keep getting weirder and weirder. Things happen, we aren't being told much, and then suddenly there is a bunch of evidence that doesn't add up. The really weird thing about this incident is that the shooter was dead but the police checked people's IDs before they left the mall. They literally would not let them leave until their IDs were checked. Why on earth would they do that?

    9/11 we don't see any planes at two of the major sites. Sandy Hook we have 17 hours of video that is mainly blue screens and we don't ever see a shooter. At Boston, we see a man who had both legs blown off get wheeled away in a wheelchair over 15 minutes after the bombing — he should have been dead or in massive shock and white as a ghost. But there he was, very fit and being wheeled away with an improper tourniquet around his legs. He should have bled out in under two minutes. It all doesn't make sense. None of it does.

    Something is not right in this country. People talk about false flags. I used to think they were crazy but anymore I am not sure.

  • @Doesn’t Make Sense

    I agree. Both the 911 call and mall video showing the so called shooter/patsy arriving at the same time was 11:15 but all the twitter tweets of the event started at 8:32 am.

    911 Calls:

    abcnews.go.com/US/maryland-mall-shooter-explosives-police/story?id=21809168

    Here is the twitter links:

    twitter.com/HCDFRS/status/427115004052004864
    twitter.com/HCPDNews/status/427121287295942656

    HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN????

    • @ @Doesn’t Make Sense

      By the way, the county was conducting a training exercise at the same time as the shooting. Where have we heard that before?

  • False Flag

    So basically it is a false flag. That is why nothing makes sense. The goal is to get the guns.