Three people were killed following separate shootings in the past 24 hours in Maryland.
A law enforcement officer recently placed on administrative leave could be the suspect in all three shootings, police said.
On Friday, one man was killed, and two others, a man and a woman, were wounded after being shot outside the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, outside Washington, according to police.
The wounded man is in critical condition at a local hospital, according to Captain Paul Starks, Montgomery County, Maryland Police.
Separately, another woman was shot and killed outside a Giant grocery store in the same area, according to Montgomery County Police Department Assistant Chief Darryl McSwain.
The suspected gunman remains on the loose.
Investigators believe the two shootings Friday are connected to a third shooting that happened a day earlier, based on witness descriptions of Friday’s shooter.
On Thursday, Prince George’s County Police identified 62-year-old Eulalio Tordil as the suspect in the killing of his estranged wife Thursday outside a high school in Beltsville.
The preliminary investigation reveals Tordil followed his estranged wife on to school property as she came to pick up her children. He confronted her as she sat in her car, according to the police report.
A passerby was shot as he tried to intervene to help the woman, according to the police report. The man’s injury is not considered life-threatening.
The good Samaritan was shot first before Tordil shot his wife, 44-year-old Gladys Tordil, multiple times, according to police.
Eulalio Tordil is a law enforcement officer with the Federal Protective Service.
In March, FPS placed him on administrative duties after a protective order was issued against him, and removed his duty weapon, badge, and credentials, according to FPS. He was subsequently placed on administrative leave.
All schools in Montgomery County have been ordered to shelter-in-place, and the county’s recreation centers have been placed on lockdown.