Police: Suspect in Mall Shooting Wanted Mental Help

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Melanie Eversley, USA TODAY

The suspect in a shooting last weekend at a mall in Columbia, Md., wrote in a personal journal that he believed he needed the help of a mental health professional, the Howard County Police Department tweeted Wednesday.

Darion Aguilar, 19, fatally shot two employees of the Zumiez skate gear store at the Columbia Mall before shooting and killing himself on Saturday, police say.

No one at the police agency could be reached Wednesday evening, but the agency did release many details earlier Wednesday via Twitter about the shooting investigation,

Aguilar wrote sporadically in the journal over the course of a year.

"Aguilar indicates he thought he needed a mental health professional, but never told his family," police tweeted. "He also mentions using marijuana."

The agency also says Aguilar expressed deep and raw emotions in the journal.

"Aguilar expresses thoughts of wanting to die and says he is ready to die," the agency tweeted. "He expresses a general hatred of others."

In the journal, Aguilar says he has a set plan, but doesn't give specifics. He also mentions killing people, but does not mention anyone specifically, police said.

He apologizes to his family "for what he is planning to do," police tweeted.

Police believe Aguilar exited the dressing room of a store called Zumiez, then shot two people and and then himself. The store does not have video cameras, so there is no tape of the actual shooting, police tweeted. One victim was shot in the foot upstairs near the store, police said. Another shot hit a wall on the first floor in the food court, police said.

When they arrived on the scene less than two minutes after the first call to 9-1-1, Aguilar was dead, police tweeted.

Columbia is located between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore.

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