Police: Suspect arrested in Washington-area fatal shootings

Montgomery County, Md. Police officers investigate the scene after a shooting outside the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, Md., Friday, May 6, 2016. Police say three people were hurt in the shooting. (AP)

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — A suspect in three fatal shootings in the Washington, D.C., area was arrested Friday, police said.

Eulalio Tordil

Eulalio Tordil

Police in the Maryland suburbs said shortly before 3 p.m. that 62-year-old Eulalio Tordil had been taken into custody without incident.

They identified Tordil as an employee of the Federal Protective Service, which provides security at federal properties. Tordil was put on administrative duties in March after a protective order was issued against him.

Police say he followed 44-year-old Gladys Tordil to their children’s Beltsville’s High Point High School on Thursday and shot her. He also shot and wounded a man who tried to intervene.

At the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, about 10 miles northwest of downtown Washington, one person was initially shot and two others may have been shot coming to that person’s aid, said Montgomery County Police Assistant Chief Darryl McSwain. There’s no reason to believe the victims knew the shooter, he said.

A man died and another one is in critical condition, Montgomery County police spokesman Capt. Paul Starks said. A woman has injuries that are not life-threatening.

About a half an hour later, police were called to a shooting at a Giant Food store in Aspen Hill, about 5 miles away. Police later tweeted that a woman died after that shooting.

For a time, all Montgomery County schools were sheltering in place at the request of police, but schools officials later tweeted that all but five schools would dismiss on time.