Cops warn of active shooter in Baltimore business park

October 18th, 20177:11 pm @

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Police say that the man believed to have killed three people and injured two more in a shooting at a Baltimore-area granite company at around 9am Wednesday then shot a sixth victim in Delaware around two hours later.

Police said Radee Labeeb Prince, 38, opened fire at 9am at Advanced Granite Solutions in Emmorton Business Park, Edgewood, WBALTV11 reported. It’s located around 20 miles northeast of central Baltimore, Maryland.

Two of the Maryland victims died on the scene and a third died later. One of the surviving Maryland victims is in critical condition and the third in serious condition. One of them left surgery at around 2:15pm.

It’s believed that Prince then fled the scene in a black GMC Acadia and drove to 28th Street Auto Sales in Wilmington, Delaware, and shot a man three times at around 10:45am. His condition and the motivation for the attack is unknown.

Prince – who pleaded guilty to 15 burglaries in 2003 – is now at large, considered ‘armed and dangerous’, and should not be approached, police have warned.

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Police are seeking Radee Labeeb Prince (pictured), 38, who is suspected of shooting dead three people and leaving two more in critical condition after 9am Wednesday

Prince is currently on the run, cops said

Police are seeking Radee Labeeb Prince (pictured left and right), 38, who is suspected of shooting dead three people and leaving two more in critical condition after 9am Wednesday at a business park outside Baltimore

The shooting occurred at Advanced Granite Solutions (seen left, under white sign) in Emmorton Business Park, northeast of Baltimore

Prince had been working at the location for four months as a machine worker. He's considered armed and dangerous

The shooting occurred at Advanced Granite Solutions (seen left and right, under white sign) in Emmorton Business Park. He had been working at the location for four months as a machine worker. He’s considered armed and dangerous

Earlier in the morning Prince shot a man three times at this business at 2100 NE Boulevard (pictured) in Wilmington, Delaware, cops said. That person was sent to hospital, but their condition has not been announced by police

Earlier in the morning Prince shot a man three times at this business at 2100 NE Boulevard (pictured) in Wilmington, Delaware, cops said. That person was sent to hospital, but their condition has not been announced by police

Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said that the motivation for the shootings remains unknown, but added that Prince hadn’t undergone any recent separations and said he believed it may have been a work relationship.

He confirmed that Prince had been working at the granite company, which made counter-tops and similar items, for four months prior to the shooting.

Gahler declined to elaborate on how the bodies were positioned, but suggested that Prince had moved through the building while attacking, and said that he believed that many more would have died if Prince had been able to fire at them before fleeing.

He also declined to confirm a claim from one reporter that Prince had gathered the workers together for a ‘meeting’ before opening fire. 

Although the Edgewood location has now opened up, with businesses and schools in the area no longer on lockdown, Gahler said it was entirely possible that Prince could return, and asked people to remain vigilant. 

Little is known about Prince, although he appears to have had a home and family in Delaware – and an extensive criminal record.

In 2003 he pleaded guilty to 15 counts of third-degree burglary, for which he received a substantial prison sentence, Gahler said.

In March 2015 he was arrested on four gun violations: illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; illegal possession of a registered firearm; illegal possession of a firearm; and having a handgun in a vehicle. None of those charges were prosecuted.

And in February of this year a peace order was filed against him in Harford County, in which Advanced Granite Solutions is based.

Police said Prince fled in a black GMC Acadia (similar car pictured) with Delaware licence plate PC64273. They are now desperately seeking the car. A Dodge Charger mentioned by police earlier in the investigation has been found and cleared

Police said Prince fled in a black GMC Acadia (similar car pictured) with Delaware licence plate PC64273. They are now desperately seeking the car. A Dodge Charger mentioned by police earlier in the investigation has been found and cleared

Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler (pictured) said that the incident was the worst that Harford County had seen. A second vehicle related to the shooter was found in Elkton but it has now been cleared

Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler (pictured) said that the incident was the worst that Harford County had seen. A second vehicle related to the shooter was found in Elkton but it has now been cleared

In a morning press conference, Gahler said that deputies arrived on the scene within four minutes of the shooting.

They found five people wounded, two of whom died on the scene, with a third dying later. Two others are hospitalized – one in critical condition and another in serious condition. 

Prince is then believed to have fled the scene in a 2008 black GMC Acadia with the Delaware license plate PC64273. He was still believed to be using the car as of Wednesday afternoon.

With Prince now no longer believed to be in the area, the lockdown placed on the park – located on Emmorton Park Road near Edgewood Road – and its surrounding schools and businesses, has now been lifted. 

Prince should be considered ‘armed and dangerous’ and not approached, Davis said. Anyone spotting him should call 911 immediately, he added.

Those with less urgent information can leave tips by calling 1-800 CALL-FBI (2255-324).

Police are ‘100 per cent sure’ that Prince is the only suspect, he said. Davis said that initial investigations suggest that the victims  were shot with a handgun – the only weapon believed to be used in the crime.

The crime is considered a ‘workplace shooting’ as all five victims work at Advance Granite Solutions, but it’s not yet been confirmed whether Prince worked there.

The business, which produces granite counter-tops, is believed to have around 20 employees, a nearby Burger King employee told WBALTV11 

Locals who overheard the incident said it occurred after a loud argument but no other details are known. The business had around 20 workers, a local restaurant employee said

Police and EMS respond to the shooting. Sheriff Gahler said one handgun was used in the shooting and they were '100%' sure there were no other suspects

Police and EMS respond to the shooting. Sheriff Gahler said one handgun was used in the shooting and they were ‘100%’ sure there were no other suspects

Those worried if friends or family may have been hurt should go to Richlin Ballroom at 1700 Van Bibber Rd, Edgewood, for more information, police said. Counselors and a chaplain are also on hand there.

A ‘tactical situation’ was reported at a suburban house in Elkton, Cecil County, Maryland, around 35 miles away. 

Davis said that police had located another car linked to Prince – a Dodge Charger – at the location, but the suspect was not there. He later added that police believe that Prince went straight to Delaware without stopping at Elkton.

According to publicly available records, Prince was living in a home on the 500 block of Kiamensi Road Wilmington, Delaware, until May of this year. 

A woman living at that address told WBALTV11 that he doesn’t live there any more; they said he used it as a postal address.

They said he had been in Washington state recently, although it’s not yet clear why. She also said he had ‘issues’ but declined to say any more detail. 

Two unidentified bystanders hug at the business park after the shooting. Anyone affected by the incident or who believes a friend or family member may have been involved can find support and information at Richlin Ballroom, 1700 Van Bibber Rd

Two unidentified bystanders hug at the business park after the shooting. Anyone affected by the incident or who believes a friend or family member may have been involved can find support and information at Richlin Ballroom, 1700 Van Bibber Rd

A heavy police presence – including FBI and SWAT teams – was observed on the scene of the Baltimore shooting.

A substantial ATF response was also noted, despite only one handgun believed to be used in the commission of the crime. 

Daniel Board Jr, the agent in charge, said that it was Maryland ATF policy to send out teams in full to any incident with a large number of victims regardless of the number of guns involved.

He added that two Full Violent Crime groups had been deployed, and that K-9 units were being used in both Maryland and Delaware to search for Prince. 

Witness Mike Sullivan, with RE Michel Company, told WBALTV11 about what occurred prior to the shooting, according to his friend.

‘Next door we have another business that we know pretty well, and as we were outside talking the guy said that he heard a bunch of arguing that calmed down,’ he said. ‘Then, he heard a bunch of more arguing. 

‘He said it sounded like a big huge fight going on and then next think he knew he heard some noises – didn’t sound like gunshots or didn’t really think it was gunshots – but the next thing he knew that’s when all chaos broke out.’ 

On Wednesday, Advanced Granite Solutions updated its Facebook page with a statement that read: ‘Words cannot express our feelings. We mourn the loss of our friends. 

‘We would like to send our sincere condolences to the families. May God give our friends eternal rest and the families the strength to bear the great pain. Prayers and condolences to everyone affected by this tragedy.’

Sheriff Gahler's office confirmed to local schools and businesses in the area around the scene of the crime that they could reopen as Prince is no longer believed to be in the area

Sheriff Gahler’s office confirmed to local schools and businesses in the area around the scene of the crime that they could reopen as Prince is no longer believed to be in the area

Earlier on Wednesday, the Harford County Public Schools website said that several schools had been placed ‘on modified lockdown’ due to ‘an abundance of caution’.

But that lockdown was lifted before 12:30pm after assurances from the Harford County Sheriff that Prince is no longer in the area.

The schools now reopened and functioning normally are Edgewood High School, Edgewood Middle School, Deerfield Elementary School, Edgewood Elementary School and William Paca/Old Post Road Elementary School.

‘We will proceed with all remaining activities today, including athletic events, as planned,’ the organization said on its website.

Businesses, including hotels, in the area were also opening up, it was announced. 

The incident occurred two miles from the Panera Bread location in Abingdon, Baltimore, where two sheriff’s deputies, Patrick Dailey and Mark Logsdon, were shot dead in February 2016.

David Brian Evans, 67, shot one officer in the head, and was pursued by a second officer. Evans and that officer exchanged gunfire, both sustaining fatal injuries.

Hotels, businesses and schools in the area are on lockdown while federal and state police investigate, although the area is beginning to open up

Hotels, businesses and schools in the area are on lockdown while federal and state police investigate, although the area is beginning to open up

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