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Police: Maryland mall gunman wrote of killing people

Published: Sunday, Aug. 2 2015 8:40 a.m. MDT

Kathren Cameron places a teddy bear at the mall after it was reopened to the public, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, in Columbia, Md. A gunman killed two people and himself on Saturday at a store in the mall. Police identified the gunman as Darion Aguilar. The victims were two store employees Brianna Benlolo, and Tyler Johnson. (Jose Luis Magana, Associated Press) Kathren Cameron places a teddy bear at the mall after it was reopened to the public, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, in Columbia, Md. A gunman killed two people and himself on Saturday at a store in the mall. Police identified the gunman as Darion Aguilar. The victims were two store employees Brianna Benlolo, and Tyler Johnson. (Jose Luis Magana, Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — Maryland police say the man who killed two people and then shot himself inside a shopping mall wrote about killing people in his journal and said he was ready to die.

Howard County police on Wednesday released details through their Twitter account of Darion Aguilar's journal.

Police say the 19-year-old Aguilar killed two store employees Saturday at the Mall in Columbia and then took his own life. Detectives are trying to determine a motive.

Police say he wrote in general terms in his journal about killing people did not mention targeting specific people or locations. Police say the journal "expresses a general hatred of others" and a willingness to die.

He also apologized to his family for what he was planning to do.

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