We’re getting more information today about Darion Marcus Aguilar, the 19-year-old who murdered two workers at a skate shop in Maryland mall.
Police said Aguilar used a 12-gague [sic] shot gun during the incident and 16 shots were fired. In addition to the gun and ammunition, crude explosive devices made from flash powder and household items were found in Aguilar’s backpack.
The woman spoke through a friend’s cell phone this afternoon as he was parked in his car in front of their house in College Park, Md.
The friend, Ellis Cropper, told ABC’s Hank Disselkamp he was on the phone with the mother of Darion Aguilar and she agreed to speak briefly to a small group of reporters through her sobs.
“I don’t know what happened. I really don’t,” the woman said. “You can talk to any of his friends and see what a gentle person he is. He never had a gun before, never interested in guns. I don’t know what happened. I just don’t know what happened.”
Cropper said Aguilar just got a promotion at a local Dunkin Donuts and was planning on enrolling in college
“Darion was a good kid,” he said. “I don’t know what happened … Darion is quiet, kept to himself. Nice, normal, calm demeanor.”
John Lott notes the poorly-made explosives that failed to detonate, and stated, “This strikes me as more of an attempt to settle a personal score.” This is especially true if CNN is correct and he didn’t even know his victims.
For whatever reason, this “gentle,” quiet, vegan, animal-loving skateboarder decided to murder people. He also had crude bombs made from fireworks that were recovered from the scene, suggesting that he intended to kill far more people than he did.
Police later found a journal that revealed “general unhappiness” with his life at his home, but have not released details of what Aguilar wrote in his journal, and claim that they don’t yet have a motive for the killings. I find that a little odd, since he purchased the shotgun in December, apparently for this very purpose.
Predictably, the blood-dancers of Moms Demand are blaming the attack on “easy, unregulated access to guns,” purposefully ignoring the fact that Aguilar had no criminal record, and bought his gun legally after passing background checks in one of the most restrictive anti-gun states in the union.
Whatever questions remain about this killing, gun laws cannot be blamed, unless it is to show that even the most restrictive laws fail, and that those craven souls intent on committing mass murder target those they know to be unarmed in “gun free zones.”