Police Investigate Three Maryland Shootings That May Be Related
- By Sydny Shepard
- May 06, 2016
Police are investigating the possibility that three shootings in the past 24 hours may be related and could possibly be the work of the same suspect, a Federal Protection officer who was recently placed on administrative leave.
Three people were shot on Friday, May 6 outside the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, outside Washington, according to police.
All three victims, a female and two males were transported to local hospitals where one male succumbed to his wounds. The other male is listed under critical condition while the female has non-life threatening injuries.
About 30 to 40 minutes later, another woman was shot and killed outside a Giant grocery store in the same area, about 10 miles away.
The suspected gunman remains on the loose.
Investigators believe the two shootings on Friday are connected to a third shooting that happened a day earlier, based on witness descriptions of Friday’s shooter.
On Thursday, Prince George County Police identified 62-year-old Eulalio Tordil as the suspect in the killing of his estranged wife Thursday outside a high school in Beltsville, Maryland.
The preliminary investigation reveals that Tordil followed his estranged wife on school property at High Point High School as she came to pick up her children. He confronted her as she sat in her car, according to the police.
A passerby who tried to intervene in the confrontation was shot, and then Tordil shot his wife several times, killing her. The passerby’s injuries are not considered life-threatening.
In March, Tordil was placed on administrative duties after a protective order was issued against him, and removed his duty weapon, badge, and credentials, according to FPS. He was subsequently placed on administrative leave.
All schools in Montgomery County were ordered to shelter-in-place following the shootings on Friday. They have since been allowed to carry on with regular dismissal routines.
Update: Eulalio Tordil was taken into custody at 3 p.m. local Maryland time. The police have confirmed that Friday's incidents were, in fact, related and are most likely related to the incident at High Point High School.
Sydny Shepard is the Executive Editor of Campus Security & Life Safety.