‘Desperate’ suspect caught after manhunt, deadly Maryland shooting rampage
Wilmington, Delaware Police Chief Robert Tracy says authorities arrested the man accused of shooting six people and killing three in Maryland and Delaware. Tracy says Radee Prince discarded a handgun and ran when police spotted him. (Oct. 19) AP
A massive manhunt across two states ended with the arrest Wednesday night of a man wanted for a Maryland workplace shooting rampage that left three people dead and two others critically wounded, authorities said.
Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said Radee Labeeb Prince is accused of opening fire at Advanced Granite Solutions in Edgewood, 25 miles northeast of Baltimore.
Prince was apprehended in Delaware by ATF agents and other law enforcement officers, the Harford County sheriff’s office tweeted Wednesday.
Gahler said Prince and all the victims were employees of the company. Prince, 37, worked at the company for about four months and was scheduled to work Wednesday, Gahler said.
The sheriff’s office said Wednesday night on its Facebook page that the people who died were Bayarsaikhan Tudev, 53, of Virginia; Jose Hidalgo Romero, 34, of Aberdeen, Maryland, and Enis Mrvoljak, 48, of Dundalk, Maryland.
Gahler had urged Prince to turn himself in and “end this peacefully” before more lives were lost.
“This does appear to be a targeted attack for that business,” Gahler said.
Police in Wilmington, Del., said they were also looking for Prince in connection with a shooting a short time after the Maryland attack. Police said Prince lived in Wilmington, Del., about 50 miles northeast of Edgewood.
The gunman is believed to have driven to Wilmington after the Edgewood attack. He targeted a man with whom he had “beefs” with in the past, shooting him twice at a used car lot, police said. His condition is unknown.
Prince has an extensive criminal history in Delaware. Wilmington Police Chief Robert Tracy said at an afternoon press conference that Prince has been arrested 42 times in Delaware alone.
Tracy said the criminal record includes 15 felony convictions, four misdemeanor convictions and numerous arrests for violations of probation.
Asked at a press conference why someone with such a long criminal record could be walking free, Tracy said, “I sometimes ask that question myself.”
A gunman opened fire at a Maryland office park on Wednesday, killing three co-workers and wounding two others. A manhunt was underway for 37-year-old Radee Labeeb Prince, who was considered armed and dangerous. (Oct. 18) AP
“If there are violent people who are causing carnage in the community, we got to find a way to keep them behind bars so they can’t go out and re-offend,” he said.
Early Wednesday evening, authorities closed in on Prince, Tracy said. The suspect discarded a handgun and ran when police spotted him walking in the town of Glasgow, Del. After running about 75 feet, he was arrested. No one was hurt in the apprehension, Tracy said.
Tracy said a tip led authorities to Prince’s car, which they found, unoccupied, near Glasgow High School about 5 p.m. Wednesday. Prince was found nearby; Tracy says the suspect never made it onto school grounds.
The recovered gun is the same caliber as the weapon used in the Wilmington and Maryland shootings, Tracy said.
“I’m very happy the way this ended,” he said. “Without the tips from civilians out there … We would not have been able to make this apprehension.”
Court records showed Prince had been fired from a Maryland job earlier this year after allegedly punching a co-worker and threatening other employees. He also faced charges of being a felon in possession of a gun, was habitually late paying his rent, was repeatedly cited for traffic violations and was ordered to undergo drug and alcohol counseling in recent years.
“This is a person with no conscience,” Tracy said. “He’s desperate right now.”
Gahler said authorities arrived on the Edgewood scene four minutes after the first call. He said there were “quite a few more than five” employees at the company when the shooting began, and he believes Prince would have killed more employees if he had the chance.
Kevin Doyle of Thornhill Properties said he was getting tools from his truck when he heard screaming and saw three men running from the office park. The men told him someone was shooting and he asked if they had called 911. They said no, even though, Doyle said, they had phones in their hands.
“I think they were just so scared, they didn’t (call 911). They had a look of terror,” he said.
Authorities had been searching for a 2008 black GMC Acadia with Delaware license plates. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said state police were working with federal and local authorities to track Prince.
“State helicopters are in the air and state troopers are on the ground from multiple barracks,” Hogan said Wednesday afternoon, before the suspect was caught.
Harford County Public Schools locked down five nearby schools as a precaution.
Gahler said Prince used a handgun and apparently acted alone. He said it was too soon to determine a motive and employees of the company were speaking to investigators.
The tragedy was the second deadly shooting attack this year in the suburban county of 250,000. In February, two county sheriff’s deputies were fatally shot at a shopping center by a man who was killed by authorities at the scene.
“Once again we find ourselves dealing with a shooting incident here in Harford County, “Gahler said. “Our thoughts and prayers go to the… families that we know all too well are going to be forever impacted.”
CONTRIBUTING: Esteban Parra, Karl Baker, Xerxes Wilson, Sarika Jagtiani, the (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal