Montgomery County police on Saturday charged a 62-year-old federal police officer with first-degree murder and related charges for allegedly shooting four people there Friday — killing two — in a shooting rampage across two Maryland counties.
Eulalio Tordil, a Federal Protective Service officer from Adelphi, also faces first-degree murder and related charges in Prince George's County, where he is accused of killing his estranged wife Thursday and wounding a bystander.
During a Saturday news conference, Asst. Montgomery County Police Chief Russ Hamill said investigators have found no evidence that Tordil knew the later victims. In charging documents, police allege Tordil was attempting to steal the cars of the women he shot in Montgomery County.
Overall, Tordil is accused of fatally shooting three people and wounding three others in three attacks in two counties over two days.
The shootings began Thursday afternoon, when police say Tordil fatally shot his estranged wife, 44-year-old science teacher Gladys Tordil, in the parking lot of High Point High School in Beltsville as she picked up her children. A male bystander who police said tried to intervene was shot and wounded.
Police said that on Friday morning, Tordil allegedly shot three people — killing at least one, Malcom Winffel, 45 — in a parking lot at the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda. Another man, originally listed in grave condition, was improving, Hamill said. A woman suffered injuries that were not considered life-threatening.
According to charging documents, the female victim told police that Tordil, whom she did not know, approached her as she was returning to her car in the parking lot near the Macy's at the mall. "Is that your car?" Tordil asked the woman before showing her a black hand-gun. "I'm not kidding. I will shoot you," he said, according to the documents.
The woman began walking backward and yelled for help. When two men heard her cries for help, they approached Tordil, who shot them, according to charging documents.
Tordil then shot the woman in the chest, she told police. She fell to the ground, "closed her eyes and chose not to move," charging documents state.
Hamill praised the two Good Samaritans for acting "selflessly and heroically, not only coming to her aid, but likely saving her life."
"Malcolm Winffel gave his life to someone he didn't know in order to protect her from a predator," Hamill said.
Less than an hour later, Tordil fatally shot Claudina Molina, 65, outside a Giant Food grocery store in Aspen Hill, police say. He was arrested without incident just before 3 p.m. Friday at the nearby Aspen Hill shopping center, where police say he patronized businesses after the shootings.
Hamill said police found a .40-caliber Glock pistol inside Tordil's vehicle. Ballistics evidence has linked the Glock to the shootings at the Westfield and Aspen Hill malls, he said, but he indicated it has not yet been determined if the gun was used in the Prince George's shooting.
Tordil is being held without bond and will have a bond review hearing Monday.
In March, Tordil had been accused of domestic violence, and was placed on a restraining order and directed to surrender his guns, court records show. Hamill said police believe Tordil later purchased additional firearms.
After Thursday's shootings, Prince George's County Police Chief Hank Stawinski said officers worked through the night trying to locate Tordil and his vehicle, a rented silver sedan with Pennsylvania plates. He said they used phone-tracking and license plate reader technology, to no avail.
It is "tragic we were not able to intervene before additional victims were harmed," Stawinski said.
Tordil was being held Saturday night in lieu of bond. He was scheduled to appear for a court hearing at 1 p.m. Monday in the district court building in Rockville.
Supporters of Winffel have set up a website to raise money for his wife, Norma, and his two children Brandon and Kayla. The GoFundMe.com site describes Winffel as an active member of his church who was "very involved" in his children's lives. As of Saturday evening, the site had raised more than $27,000.
"As many of you already know, there was a shooting at Montgomery Mall in Bethesda Maryland," the site states. "A stranger approached a woman and open fired upon her. Malcom lost his life saving her life. Anyone who knew him, knows that he was always trying to help."
Molina's family also has set up such a site. She is described as an active church-goer who was "always laughing and joking and could find the positive in everything."
"My mother was shot and killed on the fatal shooting outside the Giant grocery store on the 13000 block of Connecticut Avenue in Aspen Hill, about 8 miles northeast of Montgomery mall. She was one of the victims of the tragic 6th of May," the site states. "She will be missed more than words could ever say. She leaves behind a devoted daughter and son, two grandchildren and friendships that last a life time."
Baltimore Sun reporter Mary McCauley contributed to this article.