The gunman suspected of killing three co-workers and critically wounding three other people in a two-state shooting spree was captured Wednesday, October 18, 2017, in Delaware.
Police said Radee Labee Prince, 37, was arrested after a foot chase in Newark, Delaware, by agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives at around 7:05 p.m., hours after the first shooting in Maryland.
The deadly rampage began, police said, when Prince killed three co-workers and critically wounded two others at the Maryland kitchen countertop business where he worked.
He then drove to a used car dealership in Wilmington, Delaware, where he shot and critically wounded another man "with whom he's had some past history," the city's police chief, Bob Tracy, said.
A manhunt was launched that involved local and federal law enforcement agencies. A tip at around 5:35 p.m. led police to Prince’s empty car in Newark. Authorities set up a perimeter, and at around 6:46 p.m. police received information that Prince was near a shopping center. He was arrested just after 7 p.m. following a brief foot chase, Tracy said.
During the foot chase Prince allegedly threw away a .380-caliber handgun, which was recovered, Tracy said. He was arrested without incident, Tracy said.
"A coordinated effort brought this to a successful conclusion on a very, very bad day," Tracy said at a Wednesday evening press conference. Tracy earlier called Prince "a person with no conscience," and Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey R. Gahler called the fatal shooting in Maryland "one of the most heinous acts in our county."
Armed with a handgun, Prince arrived at Advanced Granite Solutions, a kitchen countertop company in the town of Edgewood, around 8:30 a.m. to start his shift, Gahler said. Instead, he started shooting.
"It does appear to be a targeted attack," the sheriff said.
Prince had worked as a machine operator for the company for four months, Gahler said. But police did not know of a motive.
Please note, in press accounts, the name of the car was incorrectly spelled as Arcadia, instead of Acadia, as in this from NBC:
"Afterward, the gunman fled in a black GMC Arcadia to Prince's home state, Delaware, where he allegedly shot another man around 10:45 a.m."
"He's got 42 arrests in Delaware," mostly for parole violations, Tracy said. He also has 15 felony convictions on his rap sheet, according to Tracy.