A gunman opened fire at two separate shopping centers in Maryland on Friday, leaving two people dead and two wounded, according to police.
A man and a woman were shot outside the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, outside Washington, D.C., and a woman was shot and killed at Aspen Hill shopping center shortly afterwards.
Police arrested Eulalio Tordil on Friday afternoon. Tordili is a law enforcement officer, who is also suspected in the Thursday afternoon shooting of his estranged wife in a school carpark.
“This continues to be a very active investigation. There is a possibility that these two shootings are related, and looking at whether last night’s shooting and these shootings were committed by the same suspect, as well,” said Montgomery County Police Department Assistant Chief McSwain during a press conference.
In the three separate shootings, three were killed and three were wounded.
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Tordil, 62, had been placed on administrative leave in recent days, Montgomery County Police said in a tweet.
On Thursday, Tordil’s estranged wife, 44-year-old Gladys Tordil, was in her car waiting to pick up her daughters outside of High Point High School in Beltsville.
Tordil allegedly shot her several times and killed her around 4:40 p.m., police said, according to the New York Daily News.
Tordil also shot and injured a bystander who came to his wife’s aid.
The following day, on Friday, as police were hunting for him, Tordil shot and killed two people and wounded two others in two separate incidents.
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Investigators had “no reason to believe the Friday victims knew the suspect,” Montgomery County Assistant Police Chief Darryl McSwain said.
The first shooting occurred at the Westfield Montgomery Mall and the second was at the Aspen Hill shopping center.
Tordil was arrested outside the Giant supermarket just before 3 p.m. Friday.
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In March, Tordil, an employee of the Federal Protective Service, was stripped of his gun and badge after a civil court issued a protection order against him for allegedly abusing his wife. The order alleged that he threatened his wife and he indicated that he had a large cache of weapons, including several handguns and a hunting rifle.
The order says he subjected her children to “intense-military-like discipline” and physically abused one child over the span of a decade, the Washington Post reported.
Friends and family took to social media to mourn Gladys Tordil, a Parkdale High School chemistry teacher who was well-liked by her students, according to Inside Edition.
A GoFundMe was set up for Gladys Tordil’s children.
“Their situation has changed since they have no family in the U.S since their family currently all resides in the Philippines,” one friend wrote on Facebook. “Mrs. Tordil was her daughters’ primary financial support system.”
Montgomery County public schools were also placed on a “shelter in place” order on Friday until Tordil had been arrested.
(H/T – Independent Journal)