A federal officer is in custody after allegedly shooting three people dead and injuring three others within 24 hours in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, in three separate locations.
Eulalio Tordil, 62, allegedly shot and killed his estranged wife on Thursday evening outside High Point High School in Beltsville, Maryland, and wounded another person, according to police.
He evaded capture, and on Friday opened fire on multiple victims 12 miles away in Bethesda, at the Westfield Montgomery Mall, killing one person and wounding two others, police say. As officers were responding to that shooting, they received another call: Tordil had allegedly fatally shot a woman at Aspen Hill Shopping Center.
Plainclothes officers found him a few hours later at a Dunkin' Donuts location, but they stayed back. Police said at a press conference that officers surveilled Tordil for an hour, worrying that he might open fire if they approached. Tordil was eventually arrested without incident.
It's unclear why Tordil, an officer with the Department of Homeland Security, continued his violent rampage into Friday morning. Police haven't yet determined his relationship -- if any -- to the other victims.
According to court documents obtained by The Huffington Post, Gladys Tordil filed a protective order against her husband in March. She alleged that her husband once slapped her so hard he broke her glasses on her face, and that he subjected their children to “intense-military-like discipline — push ups, detention in dark closet.”
“He threatened to harm me if I leave him,” she wrote in all caps.
She also indicated that he had access to a number of firearms, including handguns and an assault rifle. Under the conditions of the permanent restraining order, which was granted on March 17, Tordil was ordered to immediately surrender all firearms to a law enforcement agency, and refrain from owning any guns while the order was in effect. However, he was granted permission to carry his work-issued firearm while on work premises.
The restraining order stipulated that he stay away from High Point High School, which is where police say he shot his wife on Thursday when she was picking up her kids.
A witness at the Westfield Montgomery Mall, 54-year-old Jose Gomez, told The Washington Post on Friday that he heard six to eight shots outside the shopping center. He and a police officer rushed to help a wounded woman, who had been shot in the shoulder.
“That’s when blood shot out of the hole in her shoulder and [the officer] sat her back down,” Gomez said.
“I lived the war in El Salvador,” Gomez added. “I’ve witnessed gun battles before.”
The shootings in the D.C. metro area over the past 24 hours invoke memories of the 2002 so-called "Beltway Sniper" incident, in which John Allen Muhammad shot and killed 10 random people over the course of three weeks in the district, Virginia and Maryland.