EDGEWOOD, Md. — A suspect in shootings in Maryland and Delaware on Wednesday that left three people dead and three others injured was caught in Delaware after a manhunt, authorities said.
Radee Labeeb Prince, 37, is accused of killing three people and wounding two others at his job in Maryland on Wednesday morning.
Police said he shot a sixth person about two hours later at a Wilmington, Delaware, car dealership.
Prince was caught in Newark, Delaware, according to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office in Maryland.
A law enforcement source involved in the investigation said authorities got a tip on Prince’s whereabouts and flooded the area.
Three agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spotted Prince walking around a neighborhood smoking a cigar, the source said.
The agents confronted the suspected gunman, who tossed a gun and took off running. Prince was caught after a brief chase, the source said.
Authorities recovered a gun that matched the caliber of shells found at one of the crime scenes, the source said.
The multistate hunt began early Wednesday after Prince drove to Wilimington from the Maryland shooting, about 55 miles away.
In Wilmington, Prince shot the male victim, striking him in the head, shortly before 11 a.m, according to Wilmington police chief Robert Tracy.
The victim, who knew Prince, gave police Prince’s name and the description of Prince’s vehicle, a 2008 black GMC Acadia SUV, Tracy said.
Police, who had received an earlier alert about Prince from Maryland officials, spotted the vehicle leaving the scene and briefly chased it, before losing it.
“This is targeted. This individual knew the people he wanted to go shoot,” Tracy said earlier of the six victims. “This wasn’t a random act of violence where the person went out indiscriminately and was shooting people up.”
Tracy said he didn’t believe the two shootings were connected.
“The only connection is that he knew the individuals in Maryland and he knew the individual he shot” in Wilmington, Tracy said.
The police chief said Prince and the Wilmington victim have “had beefs, and they’ve had history together.”
Tracy said Prince has a lengthy criminal history, including 42 arrests, mostly for probation violations, and 15 felony convictions. Tracy did not offer details.
“This guy can be anywhere, “Tracy said. “We have New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland in such close proximity of Wilmington.”