After shooting five coworkers, and killing three of them, an employee at a Maryland based construction business managed to evade police long enough to drive to Delaware, where he shot one more former colleague before being taken into custody.
Radee Labeeb Prince, 37, walked into his place of employment, Advanced Granite Solutions at the Emmorton Business Park in Edgewood, Maryland, and opened fire at five people at around 9 am local time on Wednesday. Although police arrived only four minutes after the 911 call came in, Prince managed to evade capture and escape the scene, driving 55 miles to Wilmington, Delaware where he shot and injured a sixth victim, who was also apparently also a former coworker. The victim was able to positively identify Prince, as well as his vehicle, when law enforcement arrived at the scene.
Of the six people who were shot, three died at the scene, with the other three hospitalized for their injures.
Law enforcement released images of the 2008 black GMC Acadia SUV the gunmen reportedly escaped in, along with his license plate number and instructions not to approach the suspect, but to call 911 if anyone spotted him or the vehicle. Within hours, a local tipster notified police that he’d seen Prince leave the vehicle and walk toward Glasgow High School in Newark, Delaware, according to a statement made by Wilmington Police Chief Robert Tracy.
“This is targeted. This individual knew the people he wanted to go shoot,” Tracy said at the time. “This wasn’t a random act of violence where the person went out indiscriminately and was shooting people up.”
Police set up a perimeter and spent hours searching for the suspect. Finally, after a brief chase on foot, three agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives caught Prince around 7:05 pm. According to law enforcement statements, there is no evidence to suggest that Prince had any accomplices, bringing the manhunt to a close as he was taken into custody.
There has still been no word on what prompted these attacks, though police did tell the press that Prince is a felon with an extensive criminal record. Advanced Granite Solutions owner, Burak Caba, told the Associated Press that Prince had been working there as a machine operator for about four months, and was scheduled to work Wednesday morning. According to Maryland court records, Prince was fired from another Maryland based granite business earlier this year, after being accused of punching a coworker in the face.
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