Radee Prince, suspected of murdering 3 people in a shooting spree at a Maryland business park, has been caught, authorities confirmed on Wednesday, Oct. 18.
The arrest in Delaware ended a 10-hour large-scale manhunt along the Interstate 95 Northeast corridor.
Police arrested Prince at approximately 7 p.m. after a brief chase, during which he cast aside a .38-caliber firearm.
Earlier on Wednesday, police had been notified of a shooting at Edgewood, Maryland at approximately 9 a.m., during which 3 people were killed and 2 injured,
Prince fled the scene–his workplace for the past four months, where had been scheduled to work that day.
Prince was apprehended a short time ago in Delaware by ATF and allied law enforcement agencies. pic.twitter.com/XSo1OGZMZM
— Harford Sheriff (@Harford_Sheriff) October 18, 2017
Authorities initiated a manhunt, with helicopters and law enforcement trying to track Prince with the assistance of the FBI.
Police cruisers were stationed in highway medians, and a description of Prince’s vehicle and its Delaware license plate displayed on overhead highway signs.
Then at 10:46 a.m. police received news of another shooting, this time at a car dealership in Wilmington. The victim was able to link the incident with Prince, identifying his car as he drove off.
“This is targeted–this individual knew the people he wanted to go shoot,” Wilmington police Chief Tracy said, according to CBS. “This isn’t a random act of violence.”
A statement posted on the Harford County Sheriff’s Facebook page said that the motive of the accused is unclear.
According to CBS, ATF released a statement Wednesday evening: “ATF Baltimore Field Division and our allied law enforcement partners can confirm that the suspect, Radee L. Prince, has been apprehended in Newark, Delaware, and is in law enforcement custody. The firearm has also been recovered and is in law enforcement custody.”
Wilmington, Delaware, Police Chief Robert J. Tracy said the suspect was apprehended after a brief foot chase and the suspect discarded a .38-caliber firearm, according to CBS.
“We’re very lucky … our agents are safe and so is our perpetrator,” Tracy said, answering a question from the media about the danger officials faced with an armed suspect.
Prince had been arrested 42 times in Delaware and had 15 felony convictions, said Wilmington police spokeswoman Stephanie Castellani
“He is a dangerous individual,” said Castellani, adding that the motive was not yet known but that Prince was associated with all six victims. “We do not know if there is a beef going on between the victims and the suspect.”
The Harford Sheriff’s office confirmed identifies of the deceased as Bayarsaikhan Tudev, 53; Jose Hidalgo Romero, 34 and Enis Mrvoljak, 48.
“Two other victims were transported to The University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where they are in critical condition,” said the Sherrif’s statement.
Reuters contributed to this report