Seeds: Back in March of this year, the estranged wife of former member of the Federal Protective Services, Eulalio Tordil, claimed that her husband was extremely violent and repeatedly threatened her. She also noted that he owned as many as five guns. Consequently, Tordil was stripped of his gun and badge.
Core: On Thursday, May 5th, Tordil shot his wife until she died while she waited to pick up her kids from school in her car. He also critically injured a man outside of the school while he tried to aid her. In the days that followed, Tordil went on a shooting rampage throughout public areas like the local mall and the supermarket. Friday morning, Tordil shot three people outside of Montgomery mall who reportedly had no ties to Tordil. Later that same day, he shot and killed another woman outside of a supermarket.
Skin: Interestingly, for many, this case is eerily reminiscent of the 2002 John Allen Muhammad Beltway sniper shootings that left 10 dead in the very same neighborhood.
Leaves: Video surveillance shows Tordil browsing around Michael's, Dunkin Donuts, and Boston Market after the last shootings. The police publically stated that they held off arresting him for the sake of public safety. When Tordil walked back to his car, police strategically swarmed him and he was safely arrested. Tordil is reportedly being charged with first degree murder and assault for shooting to kill and shooting bystanders who attempted to help the fallen victims. His trial will be in the District Court Monday afternoon.
Food for Thought: Do you think that more restrictive gun laws could prevent shootings such as these? Or do you think that worries mental health in this country should be taken more seriously?