Suspect arrested in shootings at Maryland shopping centres | Reuters

WASHINGTON A possible suspect was arrested on Friday in the shooting deaths of two people and wounding of two others at shopping centres in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.

Eulalio Sevilla Tordil, 62, an officer with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, was suspected of killing his wife and shooting a bystander on Thursday in Beltsville, Maryland, in Prince George's County.

When a pair of shootings broke out in neighbouring Montgomery County, investigators turned their attention to Tordil, who had threatened to commit "suicide by cop," police said.

Montgomery County Police announced his arrest on Twitter.

Authorities had temporarily locked down 14 schools near Friday's shooting sites and all of the county's recreational facilities as a precaution.

The shootings revived memories of the "Beltway sniper" attacks of 2002, when 10 people were killed and three seriously injured during a three-week spree in Washington, Virginia and Maryland.

(Reporting by Suzannah Gonzales, Ian Simpson, Barbara Goldberg and Gina Cherelus; Editing by Daniel Trotta and Bill Trott)

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Updated Date: May 07, 2016 01:16 AM

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