Mall shooting in wealthy DC suburb results in three victims, linked to two homicides

Michel CooperLast Update : Friday 6 May 2016 - 6:46 PM
Mall shooting in wealthy DC suburb results in three victims, linked to two homicides

Three people have been shot at Montgomery mall in Bethesda, Maryland, a Washington, DC suburb. The suspect is outstanding, according to police.

Officers responded to the shooting around 11:25 a.m. local time at the Westfield Montgomery mall in Bethesda, Maryland, a wealthy suburb of Washington, DC.

Preliminary information from police indicates that two males and a female were victims of the shooting, but their status is not clear. The suspect in the shooting is Eulalio Tordil, a 62-year-old man from Adelphi, Maryland.

Around 12:25 a.m., Police reported that they identified a person of interest. However, nobody is in police custody.

All victims of the shooting appear to be adults, police said.

Montgomery County emergency services arrived at the scene to treat and transport injured victims, according WUSA.

The shooter approached the female victim when she was in her car in what “seemed like an ambush,” one witness told WRC. She was shot in the shoulder. 

One of the male victims was shot in front and the back, WRC reported. He reportedly tried to intervene

The mall was not put on lockdown.

The Westfield Montgomery mall is a large and popular shopping destination for the residents of Montgomery County, one of the most educated and affluent counties in the United States.

Nearby Tilden Middle School and Walter Johnson High School were put on “shelter in place” status while the incident was under investigation, WJLA reported. Bells Mill Elementary School was later included in the shelter-in-place announcement. Two hours after the shooting at the mall, all Montgomery County Public Schools were sheltering in place while police searched for the suspect.

A second shooting occurred shortly after at a shopping center in nearby Aspen Hill, Maryland, resulting in the death of a woman. Police say that the same man, Eulalio Tordil, is responsible for both shootings, as well as a shooting that occurred at a high school in neighboring Prince George’s County Thursday afternoon, which resulted in the death of the 62-year-old suspect’s estranged wife, 44-year-old Gladys Tordil. Law enforcement is currently actively working to arrest him.

A man was also injured in the second shooting after intervene to save the woman. He was taken to the hospital, and his injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Source: RT US

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