ELKTON – A gunman on the loose after allegedly shooting five people – killing three of them – at a business park in Edgewood on Wednesday morning has connections to Elkton, according to the Harford County Sheriff's Office.
Investigators have identified the alleged shooter as Radee Labeeb Prince, 37, who, according to Cecil County District Court records, lived in the 100 block of Clinton Street in Elkton in 2015. Police officials have not confirmed that Prince still lives there.
However, a Dodge Charger that is “possibly associated” with Prince was located at that Clinton Street residence shortly after the shootings Wednesday, according to Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey R. Gahler, noting that it was one of two vehicles seen at the shooting scene.
Despite initial reports that the Clinton Street house had already been searched, police were still waiting on a search warrant as of about 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Gahler said during a press conference at about 2 p.m. Wednesday that he didn't think Prince had stopped at the Elkton house after the Edgewood shooting.
Gahler reported that Prince, who is considered “armed and dangerous,” was last seen driving a black Chevrolet Acadia with a Delaware license plate, PC064273.
Prince allegedly went to Advanced Granite Solutions in the Emmorton Business Park in Edgewood shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday and opened fire, killing three employees and wounding two others, Gahler said. The two wounded employees were transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
“It is the result of a handgun, a single weapon. It was a targeted attack, limited to the business,” Gahler noted.
As of Wednesday morning, investigators haven't determined a motive for the deadly shootings. Gahler said Prince was associated with the business, but he did not elaborate.
On Wednesday afternoon, police reported that Prince has also been identified as a suspect in a shooting that occurred at 28th Street Auto Sales at 2801 Northeast Boulevard in Wilmington, Del. on Wednesday, though it's unclear if this shooting happened before or after the Edgewood shooting.
Cecil County Public Schools announced early Wednesday afternoon in a Facebook posts that all schools are in a Code Yellow Secure Status as a precaution.
"We are continuing to receive information regarding the shooting in Harford County and continued police activity in the Elkton area," the post reads. "We have been in contact with law enforcement throughout the morning. Even though this incident does not involve any of our schools, we are doing this as a precautionary measure."
At around 1 p.m., CCPS posted that after receiving additional information from law enforcement, all schools within the town of Elkton were put on lockdown "due to law enforcement activity in the area." That includes Elkton High School, Elkton Middle School, Gilpin Manor Elementary School, Holly Hall Elementary School and Thomson Estates Elementary School.
Due to police activity in the area, EMS and EHS were dismissed about 20 minutes later than their usual Wednesday dismissal time while GMES, HHES and TEES dismissed at 3:45 p.m.
Parents of students living in the area of Elkton near where police activity was ongoing, which included Clinton Street, Booth Street, East High Street and Friendship Heights were asked to go to their respective schools to sign out their students as buses didn't have access to those neighborhoods.
Cecil College's Elkton Station campus was also in a heightened security status on Wednesday afternoon, with ID required to enter the building.
According to Cecil County District Court records, Prince was arrested and charged with several offenses in March 2015, including handgun in a vehicle and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
However, prosecutors dropped all charges against Prince on June 22, 2015, court records show.
The Cecil County Sheriff's Office has established a rumor control line to answer questions regarding the search for Prince at 410-392-2069.
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