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Maryland mall reopens after fatal weekend shooting

Published on Jan 28, 2014 6:26 AM
 
Mall in Columbia is preparing to reopen two days after three people were shot and killed at the shopping mall on Jan 27, 2014 in Columbia, Maryland. A Maryland mall where a 19-year-old gunman killed two store employees before apparently taking his own life reopened on Monday to mourners bearing flowers and questions about why the shooting happened. -- PHOTO: AFP

COLUMBIA, Maryland (REUTERS) - A Maryland mall where a 19-year-old gunman killed two store employees before apparently taking his own life reopened on Monday to mourners bearing flowers and questions about why the shooting happened.

The popular retail complex about 32km west of Baltimore had been closed since Darion Marcus Aguilar fired six to eight shots from a 12-gauge shotgun on Saturday as the mall bustled with weekend shoppers.

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman told a few hundred people, many of them first responders, outside the mall before it reopened that the community had shown its resiliency and strength.

"In these tough times I've seen some things that I am incredibly proud of," Mr Ulman said while flanked by United States (US) Representative Elijah Cummings, a Democrat.

 
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