Shooting Spree Begins with Murder in High School Parking Lot

Homeland Security Federal Protective Service Officer Eulalio Tordil, 62, is suspected of killing three people and wounding three others.
Published: May 9, 2016

The man who police say fatally shot his estranged wife in a high school parking lot on May 5 killed two other people the following day before being arrested.

Authorities in Beltsville, Md., say that Eulalio Tordil, 62, shot his estranged wife to death Thursday afternoon as she sat in her car in the High Point High School parking lot.

Gladys Tordil, who had recently obtained a protective order against her estranged husband, was waiting to pick up her two daughters at the time of her death. A bystander who tried to help the victim was also shot in the shoulder.

The shooting sparked a nearly 24-hour manhunt for Eulalio Tordil as the suspect continued his attacks.

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The following day, police say Tordil was attempting a hijacking in the Montgomery Mall parking lot when he shot two men who tried to intervene. Malcolm Winffel, 45, died as he attempted to help the woman being hijacked. Winffel’s friend, who has not been identified, is in grave condition at a local hospital, where authorities are hopeful he’ll survive.

Tordil then drove to a strip mall in Aspen Hill, Maryland, where he shot and killed Claudina Molina, 65, in what police suspect was another attempted hijacking.

Police arrested Tordil without incident across the street from the scene of the final shooting as he walked out of a Dunkin’ Donuts. Investigators recovered a .40-caliber Glock handgun from Tordil’s car.

Tordil’s arrest ended a manhunt that left Montgomery County Schools sheltered in place on Friday as police searched for the suspect. Local hospitals, including Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, were also locked down.

Police say the first shooting at the high school appeared to be domestic-related. Gladys Tordil, 44, was waiting for her two children who attend the high school when an argument between her and the suspect escalated. She was shot several times, reports CBS News. Gladys was a beloved chemistry teacher at nearby Parkdale High School, where students continue to mourn her death. The other victim who tried to intervene is expected to survive. The shootings occurred around 5 p.m., meaning classes had been out for hours and few students are believed to have been at the scene.

Friday’s victims are suspected to have been killed as the result of botched carjackings. A vigil was held in memory of Malcolm Winfell at Clarksburg High School, where his children attend school. A GoFundMe page for his family has already raised more than $60,000 to pay for funeral expenses and his children’s college tuition. Friday’s second victim, Claudina Molina, was a nurse who leaves behind two adult children. A vigil was held at the scene of her death on Saturday, according to a separate CBS News report.

Police say the suspected shooter was an employee of Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service. Eulalio Tordil has a history of domestic violence and received a no-contact order from a court in March.

No students are believed to have been in danger during the shootings, although some may have witnessed Thursday’s attack.

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