BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Suspect arrested in fatal school shooting in DC suburbs, may be linked to other cases, police say.
The first shooting occurred Thursday at a high school. The second occurred in a mall parking lot Friday morning and the third happened 30 minutes later at a nearby shopping center.
Police identified the school shooting suspect as 62-year-old Eulalio Tordil, an employee of the Federal Protective Service, which provides security at federal properties. Tordil was put on administrative duties in March after a protective order was issued against him.
Police say he followed 44-year-old Gladys Tordil to their children’s Beltsville’s High Point High School and shot her. He also shot and wounded a man who tried to intervene.
Authorities have not said that Tordil was responsible for the mall or shopping center shooting, only that they are looking into the possibility that all three are related.
On Friday morning, officers responding to the parking lot of Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda found three people shot, Montgomery County Police Assistant Chief Darryl McSwain said. One person was shot and two others may have been shot coming to that person’s aid, he said. There’s no reason to believe the victims knew the shooter, he said.
A man who was shot died and another man is in critical condition, Montgomery County police spokesman Capt. Paul Starks said. A woman has injuries that are not life-threatening.
About a half an hour later, police were called to a shooting at a Giant Food store in Aspen Hill, about 5 miles away. Police later tweeted that a woman died after that shooting.
The upscale mall is located in Bethesda, about 10 miles northwest of downtown Washington.