Monday 22 October 2018

Man suspected of killing three workmates linked to a second shooting

Unidentified bystanders embrace as police and Emergency Medical Services respond to a shooting at a business park in the Edgewood area of Harford County, Md., Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2017. (Matt Button/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
Unidentified bystanders embrace as police and Emergency Medical Services respond to a shooting at a business park in the Edgewood area of Harford County, Md., Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2017. (Matt Button/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
People gather across the street from the scene of a shooting at a business park in the Edgewood area of Harford County, Md., Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. A gunman killed several co-workers and wounded others at Advanced Granite Solutions before fleeing the scene, authorities said. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Radee Labeeb Prince, a suspect in the shooting deaths of three co-workers and critically injuring two others at a kitchen countertop company in Edgewood, Maryland, U.S., is shown in this handout photo provided by the Wilmington Police Department October 18, 2017. Wilmington Police Dept/Handout via REUTERS

A gunman shot five of his co-workers at a US office park in the state of Maryland on Wednesday, killing three of them and setting off a manhunt, authorities said.

The gunman was linked to a later shooting at a used car dealership in Delaware about 55 miles away.

At least one victim was targeted, authorities said, but the extent of their injuries was not released.

Authorities said it was not clear why the man they identified as 37-year-old Radee Labeeb Prince arrived at work as scheduled and opened fire with a handgun on five of his colleagues.

Radee Labeeb Prince, a suspect in the shooting deaths of three co-workers and critically injuring two others at a kitchen countertop company in Edgewood, Maryland, U.S., is shown in this handout photo provided by the Wilmington Police Department October 18, 2017. Wilmington Police Dept/Handout via REUTERS
Radee Labeeb Prince, a suspect in the shooting deaths of three co-workers and critically injuring two others at a kitchen countertop company in Edgewood, Maryland, U.S., is shown in this handout photo provided by the Wilmington Police Department October 18, 2017. Wilmington Police Dept/Handout via REUTERS

Harford County, Maryland, Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said Prince shot his victims about 9am and fled the Emmorton Business Park in Edgewood, eluding deputies who arrived in four minutes.

Kevin Doyle of Thornhill Properties said he was getting tools from his vehicle 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, Mr Doyle said, they had phones in their hands.

People gather across the street from the scene of a shooting at a business park in the Edgewood area of Harford County, Md., Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. A gunman killed several co-workers and wounded others at Advanced Granite Solutions before fleeing the scene, authorities said. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
People gather across the street from the scene of a shooting at a business park in the Edgewood area of Harford County, Md., Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. A gunman killed several co-workers and wounded others at Advanced Granite Solutions before fleeing the scene, authorities said. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

"I think they were just so scared, they didn't (call 911). They had a look of terror," he said.

The victims and the suspect worked for Advanced Granite Solutions, the owner of the company said.

Prince has been an employee for four months, working as a machine operator, owner Barak Caba said.

The wounded were in critical condition with gunshot wounds to the head, according to Maryland governor Larry Hogan, who spoke at an unrelated event.

He said authorities in helicopters and on the ground were searching for Prince, who may be driving a black 2008 GMC Acadia with the Delaware licence plate PC64273.

"The killer remains on the loose," Mr Hogan said.

Prince was fired from another job earlier this year after he attacked a co-worker, according to The Baltimore Sun.

A former co-worker sought a restraining order against Prince in February, saying he had punched another employee and threatened employees.

"I felt very threatened because he is a big guy and very aggressive on me," the co-worker said in the application for the restraining order.

The man said Prince did not get physical with him, but wrote: "I do not want to wait until he will."

A Harford County District Court judge denied the order.

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