Sunday, May 08, 2016

Westfield Montgomery Mall shooting update

Mugshot of the
accused Westfield Montgomery Mall
and Aspen Hill shooter
While the suspect in the shooting rampage that left two dead in Montgomery County Friday may have begun a day earlier with a domestic-related homicide in Prince George's County, police now believe the Bethesda and Aspen Hill shootings may have been carjacking attempts. Assistant Montgomery County Police Chief Russ Hamill said carjacking is believed to have been the motive in both shopping center incidents, based on interviews with the defendant in the case.

At a press conference last evening, Hamill said the suspect, 62-year-old Eulalio Sevilla Tordil, has been charged with 2 counts of 1st degree murder in the deaths of Malcom Winfell, 45 (at Montgomery Mall), and Claudina Molina, 65 (at Aspen Hill Shopping Center). Tordil also faces 2 counts of attempted 1st degree murder, and 4 counts of use of a firearm during an attempted felony crime.

Hamill said a search warrant was served on Tordil's vehicle. Detectives recovered a .40 caliber Glock Model 27 from the interior. Through ballistic testing, detectives have confirmed this same firearm was used in both Montgomery County shootings, but it has not yet been officially linked to the Prince George's shooting.

After initial investigation, Hamill said police have so far found "no linkages" between Tordil and his Montgomery County victims. Two survivors' identities are being withheld because they are witnesses, Hamill said.

Winfell is survived by his wife and two children. A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money to support his family, and cover the expenses of his funeral.

Tordil is expected in court Monday.

Photo courtesy Montgomery County Police


Anonymous said...

Pretty horrible.The guy he killed at the mall was a father with 2 kids.

Robert Dyer said...

4:52: Worst of all, he was just trying to help the woman being attacked, taking on an armed gunman unarmed. I doubt most passersby would be brave enough to do what he did, and he apparently saved at least one life - and maybe two - through his actions.

Anonymous said...

@Robert - Yeah, the guy is the definition of a hero for what he did to save her.