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Suspect in three fatal shootings in Washington, D.C., area is in custody

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A Montgomery County police officer marks evidence after a shooting outside the Westfield Montgomery mall in Bethesda, Md., on May 6.
(Jose Luis Magana / Associated Press)

Authorities said Friday that a suspect in three fatal shootings in the Washington, D.C., area has been taken into custody without incident.

Police identified the suspect as 62-year-old Eulalio Tordil, an employee of the Federal Protective Service, which provides security at federal properties. He had been assigned to administrative duties in March after a protective order was issued against him.

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 another nearby food store.

Police say Tordil followed 44-year-old Gladys Tordil to High Point High School in Beltsville, Md., where their children are enrolled, on Thursday and shot her. He also shot allegedly and wounded a man who tried to intervene.

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Multiple shooting suspect Eulalio Tordil.
Multiple shooting suspect Eulalio Tordil.
(Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration / Associated Press )

On Friday morning, officers dispatched to the upscale Westfield Montgomery mall in Bethesda, Md., found three people shot in the parking lot, Montgomery County police Assistant Chief Darryl McSwain said. One person was shot initially and the other two may have been struck coming to that person’s aid, he said. There was no known connection between the victims and the shooter, he said.

One man died and another man was in critical condition, Montgomery County police spokesman Capt. Paul Starks said. A woman had injuries that were not life-threatening, he said.

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About half an hour later, police were called to a shooting at a Giant Food store in Aspen Hill, Md., about five miles away. Police later tweeted that a woman died after that shooting.

Bethesda is about 10 miles northwest of downtown Washington.

For a time, student and staff at all Montgomery County schools were sheltering in place, but schools officials later tweeted that all but five schools would dismiss on time.

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UPDATES:

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12:10 p.m.: This article has been updated with news that a suspect is in custody.

11:50 a.m. This article has been updated with new information throughout.

11:30 a.m.: This article has been updated with news that a second person was killed Friday.

10:31 a.m.: This article has been updated with a report that one woman was killed.

9:31 a.m.: This article has been updated with reports of a second shooting.

9:13 a.m.: This article has been updated with confirmation that three people were shot.

This article was originally published at 9 a.m.


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