Gunman sought in deadly two-state rampage caught in Delaware
Authorities in Delaware on Wednesday apprehended a man suspected of killing three co-workers and critically wounding three other people in a two-state shooting spree earlier in the day, authorities said.
The Harford County, Maryland, sheriff’s office said on Twitter at around 7:24 p.m. ET that Radee Labeeb Prince, 37, had been apprehended in Delaware by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and other law enforcement agencies.
The deadly rampage began, police said, when Prince killed three co-workers and critically wounded two others at the Maryland kitchen countertop business where he worked.
He then drove to a used car dealership in Wilmington, Delaware, where he shot and critically wounded another man "with whom he's had some past history," the city's police chief, Bob Tracy, said.
A manhunt was launched for Prince and police warned he should be considered armed and dangerous. Tracy earlier called Prince "a person with no conscience," and Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey R. Gahler called the fatal shooting in Maryland "one of the most heinous acts in our county."
Armed with a handgun, Prince arrived at Advanced Granite Solutions, a kitchen countertop company in the town of Edgewood, around 8:30 a.m. to start his shift, Gahler said. Instead, he started shooting.
"It does appear to be a targeted attack," the sheriff said.
Prince had worked as a machine operator for the company for four months, Gahler said. But police did not know of a motive.
"We do not believe that anybody else was involved in this incident," he said.
Afterward, the gunman fled in a black GMC Arcadia to Prince's home state, Delaware, where he allegedly shot another man around 10:45 a.m.
"It was premeditated," said Tracy, who did not identify the victim. "That's why he drove straight here from Maryland."
Tracy said that the wounded man was able to identify Prince as his attacker and that police at one point thought they spotted his vehicle but lost him. "I believe he had ditched his vehicle," the chief said.
Prince is no stranger to law enforcement.
"He's got 42 arrests in Delaware," mostly for parole violations, Tracy said. He also has 15 felony convictions on his rap sheet, according to Tracy.
Prince also has a criminal record in Maryland, Gahler said.
In December 2003, Price pleaded guilty to five counts of third-degree burglary and was sentenced to 25 years, with all but two years suspended, The Baltimore Sun reported. He was ordered to pay $34,500 in restitution.
Then, in March 2015, Prince faced several handgun charges in Cecil County, Maryland, the paper reported. The charges, which included being a felon in possession of a firearm and carrying a handgun in a vehicle, were later dropped.
In February, a former co-worker of Prince's requested a restraining order against him in Harford County, but the request was turned down by a judge.
Advanced Granite Solutions is in Emmorton Business Park in Edgewood, about 30 miles northeast of Baltimore.
The park and much of the surrounding area were on lockdown as the search for Prince continued. Some schools were also closed as a precaution.
Meanwhile, the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, part of the University of Maryland Medical Center, reported that two of the wounded were in critical condition.
The names of the victims were not immediately released.