UPDATE: 3pm ET: Shooter has been caught.
NBC NEWS: One person was killed and three people are critically injured after separate shootings Friday morning at a mall and shopping center in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Investigators are examining whether the shooting at Westfield Montgomery mall in Bethesda has any connection to a fatal shooting Thursday in a parking lot of a high school in Beltsville, Maryland, a source tells NBC News.
Police identified the suspect in the shooting at High Point High School as Eulalio Tordil, of Adelphi, Maryland.
Three people have been shot outside Westfield Montgomery mall in Bethesda, Maryland, by a shooter police believe was a stranger to the victims, police say.
Two men and one woman were shot in a parking lot and all are in critical condition, Montgomery County Police said. They are being treated at Suburban Hospital, a representative said. The hospital is on lockdown, a representative said.
The suspect is at large.
Police say preliminary information indicates the shooter fired at one victim and then two people went to the victim’s aid. The shooter then fired at those two people, police say, according to initial information.
“We have no reason to believe the victims knew the suspect,” Montgomery County Assistant Chief Darryl McSwain said. “But we are certainly looking at all angles.”
Separately, police are responding to a fatal shooting outside the Giant grocery store on the 13000 block of Connecticut Avenue in Silver Spring, about 8 miles to the northeast of the mall. A woman was shot and killed, police say.
Information was not available immediately on whether there was any connection between the two shootings.
A woman was walking towards Macy’s when a man approached her and asked where she was going, one witness told News4’s Chris Gordon. When the woman didn’t answer, the suspect reached into his car, pulled out a gun and started shooting. The woman was shot in the shoulder, and two men who were not involved in the initial confrontation also were wounded, the witness said.
The witness said one of the men appeared to be seriously injured.
The mall on Democracy Boulevard off I-270 was not locked down, a witness said. A man who answered the phone in the mall’s management office said he could not confirm whether the mall ever was locked down Friday.
Students and staff at 13 schools in Montgomery County are sheltering in place.
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