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(Christopher T. Assaf/Baltimore Sun)

(Christopher T. Assaf/Baltimore Sun)

A "B" and a "T" are etched into the black stone floor at Zumiez to remember Brianna Benlolo and Tyler Johnson.

Police say Columbia mall shooter wanted to mimic Columbine

Police say Columbia mall shooter wanted to mimic Columbine

The teenager who led a deadly January assault at The Mall in Columbia did not target his victims, but planned a killing spree inspired by the 1999 Columbine High School shootings, Howard County police revealed Wednesday.

WBAL apologizes for reporting on Columbia Mall shooting

WBAL apologizes for reporting on Columbia Mall shooting

"We regret the mistake" and any "hardship" it caused families of victims, station says.

Seeking comfort from mall shooting with floppy ears, wagging tails

Seeking comfort from mall shooting with floppy ears, wagging tails

A week after the fatal shootings at the Mall in Columbia where Brianna Benlolo, Tyler Johnson and shooter Darion Aguilar lost their lives, Fidos for Freedom in Laurel opened its doors for the first time in direct response to a public tragedy. More than 30 therapy dogs and their owners gathered on...

Columbia mall shooting victims honored on one-week anniversary of the attack

Columbia mall shooting victims honored on one-week anniversary of the attack

A few dozen people gathered Saturday morning at The Mall in Columbia around the fountain, where it's customary to toss pennies into the clear water of the black-bottom pool and wish for good fortune. This time, though, some tossed white flowers that floated along the surface, some wrote messages...

Mall shooter could have bought shotgun legally in most states

Mall shooter could have bought shotgun legally in most states

When Darion Marcus Aguilar of College Park fatally shot two store employees at The Mall in Columbia and then killed himself, authorities said he did so with a Mossberg 500, a Connecticut-made pump-action shotgun that has been on the U.S. market since 1961.

A week after mall tragedy, teens and parents weigh a sense of security

A week after mall tragedy, teens and parents weigh a sense of security

Kiara Raney, 18, of Columbia was ready for a day of shopping at The Mall in Columbia last Saturday when the flurry of text messages came. There was a shooting. Three people were dead.

Columbia mall murder-suicide struck the physical heart of community

Columbia mall murder-suicide struck the physical heart of community

In the days after a gunman killed two people and himself at The Mall in Columbia, the Nail Trix salon heard from many nervous customers canceling appointments.

Mall shooting victims remembered at vigil

Mall shooting victims remembered at vigil

Hundreds of people huddled in the cold outside The Mall in Columbia on Thursday for a candlelight vigil to remember Brianna Benlolo and Tyler Johnson, the skate shop employees killed in Saturday's shooting at the mall.

Columbia mall shooter was 'ready to die,' police say

Columbia mall shooter was 'ready to die,' police say

Columbia mall shooter Darion Marcus Aguilar wrote in a journal about killing people, claimed he was "ready to die" and alluded to an unspecified plan that was "set," police revealed Wednesday.

Shooter frequently visited Columbia mall, police say

Shooter frequently visited Columbia mall, police say

Darion Marcus Aguilar was familiar with The Mall in Columbia. He hung around outside, smoking with small groups, police said.

Reports claiming to know motive complicate, confuse Columbia mall coverage

Reports claiming to know motive complicate, confuse Columbia mall coverage

Another shocking crime, another case of media adding confusion rather than clarity to the coverage.

Columbia mall shooting shatters a community [Editorial]

Columbia mall shooting shatters a community [Editorial]

We tell ourselves that this kind of thing isn't supposed to happen here. Not in a community built on the bedrock of peace and social harmony. But on Saturday morning, when shots rang out in The Mall in Columbia that left three dead, our sense of security was shattered.

Howard leaders respond to mall shooting

Howard leaders respond to mall shooting

As news of a deadly shooting at the Mall in Columbia broke Saturday, Howard County was thrust into the national spotlight.

As Columbia community deals with grief, some turn to tradition

As Columbia community deals with grief, some turn to tradition

Half an hour before the gate to the Panera at The Mall in Columbia was raised Tuesday morning, Columbia residents Carol Jones and Sue Warren were back, catching up and waiting to get their morning coffee.

Gun shop owner describes sale of gun used in mall shooting

Gun shop owner describes sale of gun used in mall shooting

Dan Millen remembers Darion Marcus Aguilar walking into his Rockville gun shop with an air of confidence and a wad of cash. Aguilar wanted a shotgun, which he said he planned to keep in his home for protection.

Mall security in the spotlight in wake of shootings

Mall security in the spotlight in wake of shootings

The security apparatus at a shopping center like The Mall in Columbia is designed to be as sophisticated as it is unobtrusive — off-hours training and drills to prepare employees for shootings and other calamities, surveillance cameras that can capture in real time suspicious persons or...

Columbia mall reopens after deadly shooting

Columbia mall reopens after deadly shooting

Anxious employees had many questions as they gathered in movie theater seats for a security briefing on their first day back to work at The Mall in Columbia since a deadly weekend shooting: How can workers spot threats? Are there enough security cameras? How did the shooter conceal his weapon?

Community begins to rebuild as Columbia mall reopens

Community begins to rebuild as Columbia mall reopens

When the doors opened to The Mall in Columbia Monday for the first time since a gunman killed two store employees before killing himself, 20-year-old Kristen Lowman was one of the first people through the door.

Columbia gunman was quiet, didn't stand out, former classmates say

Columbia gunman was quiet, didn't stand out, former classmates say

Darion Marcus Aguilar became a vegan after watching a television show about how animals are slaughtered. That transformation, says a family friend, shows just how much the teen cared about life.

No answers in Columbia mall shooting motive

No answers in Columbia mall shooting motive

Howard County police on Sunday identified 19-year-old Darion Marcus Aguilar of College Park as the man who entered a store at The Mall in Columbia and fatally shot two employees before apparently killing himself.

Mall in Columbia reopens (Storify)

Mall in Columbia reopens (Storify)

Baltimore Sun Media Group reporters Luke Lavoie, Jon Sham and Amanda Yeager covered the reopening of the Mall in Columbia Monday. The mall had been closed Saturday morning after two employees at a Zumiez store were shot and killed by a gunman, who then turned his weapon on himself.

Media tours Mall in Columbia after deadly shooting (Storify)

Media tours Mall in Columbia after deadly shooting (Storify)

Reporter Luke Lavoie takes a tour of the Mall in Columbia Monday, just hours before it reopens to the public after Saturday's deadly shooting.

Columbia mall victim Tyler Johnson remembered as 'vibrant'

Columbia mall victim Tyler Johnson remembered as 'vibrant'

Tyler Johnson had been clean for more than two years, he wrote on his Facebook page.

Columbia looks to recover day after mall shooting

Columbia looks to recover day after mall shooting

Less than 24 hours after a shooting in The Mall in Columbia left three dead, downtown Columbia still seemed to be in a state of shock.

Grieving friends recall mall shooting victims

Grieving friends recall mall shooting victims

When he heard the news that there'd been a shooting at the Zumiez store at The Mall in Columbia, Abhishek Rishi posted a panicked message hoping for a phone call from his friend.

Columbia mall shooting witnesses recall terror, uncertainty

Columbia mall shooting witnesses recall terror, uncertainty

David Roberts was finishing up a customer's haircut Saturday at the Cavallaro & Co. salon on the second floor of The Mall in Columbia when he heard the first shot. He looked at another employee, wondering whether they should be concerned.

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