Notes on Maryland Mall Shooting: mental health, background checks, gun-free zone
I had one other thought on the attack. If Darion Aguilar was trying to simply kill a former girl friend and her boyfriend, I don't think that explosives would be used in addition to the shotgun. Yet, Aguilar brought explosives. This strikes me as more of an attempt to settle a personal score.
Nor is a simple attack against a girlfriend consistent with 16 shots being fired. From ABC News the day after the event:
Police said Aguilar used a 12-gague 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. . . . .
Aside from the three dead, five other people were injured. One person, who was below the Zumiez store during the shooting, suffered a gunshot wound to the foot and others had minor injuries as they ran to escape the shooting, according to police. . . .
Nor would background checks have made any difference: "Md. mall shooter Darion Aguilar a ‘good kid’ with no criminal record, no known mental issues"