Police hunted 10 hours today for an armed felon identified as Radee Labeeb Prince, 38, who is suspected of shooting three people to death and leaving two more critically wounded after 9 a.m. at a business park outside Baltimore. Radee Labeeb is also suspected of shooting another man in the head in Wilmington, Delaware, that took place two hours later.
WND Radee Labeeb Prince opened fire at Advanced Granite Solutions, a company located at Emmorton Business Park, killing at least three people and injuring two others. Police believe it was a “targeted attack” on employees at the Emmorton Business Park in Edgewood, Hartford County, Maryland.
But the suspect didn’t stop there. He drove immediately to a second location two hours away to a Wilmington car dealership, where he shot a man in the head. The Wilmington shooting happened around 11 a.m. at 28th Street Auto Sales and Service in the 2800 block of Northeast Boulevard.
“Labeeb” is one of Allah’s 99 names, according to Islamic tradition. Al-Labeeb means “the one with passion and heart” in Arabic. “Radee” means approval. The whole name Radee LaBeeb means “an approval or agreement of Allah.” Most likely, he is a convert to Islam.
Hartford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said a motive isn’t known, but that “this does appear to be a target attack limited to that business.” (Oh, here we go, “workplace violence” again, just like the terrorist attacks at Fort Hood and Oklahoma)
Rather than work place violence, it’s also possible that he was carrying out a planned jihadist attack on multiple soft targets. He has a lengthy criminal record, authorities said.
In March 2015, he was charged by the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office with having a handgun in a vehicle, illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of ammo, all misdemeanors, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, which is itself a felony. Prosecutors declined to pursue the case in June 2015.
Court records show Radee Prince was charged in Maryland before with illegal possession of handgun in 2015 but case was dismissed. pic.twitter.com/EW6vNlDOjz
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The victim in Delaware was rushed to the hospital, ABC News reports. He reportedly used a single handgun to mow down five co-workers, three of them fatally, in Maryland.
Police initially called it a “workplace shooting” because Radee Labeeb is reportedly a machine operator at the Advanced Granite Solutions in Edgewood, a little over 25 miles northeast of Baltimore. He has worked there about four months, according to company owner by Barak Caba.
“Every one of the victims that this individual shot, the victims and the offender knew each other. So these were targeted shootings, for whatever reason,” Chief Robert Tracy told reporters.
According to court documents, he was convicted of 15 counts of third-degree burglary in Delaware in December 2003, according to court records. He was sentenced to serve 2 years in prison of a 25-year sentence, along with 2 years of probation. He was also ordered to pay $34,500 in restitution to the burglary victims.
He was later charged multiple times with violating his probation and eventually sentenced in 2006 to serve an additional year in prison for not paying his restitution, violating a court-ordered curfew and failing to check in with his probation officer.
ISIS issued a statement just last weekend calling on its “soldiers” in North America to launch sniper attacks on soft targets and to move quickly to another site and shoot more people before police could find them.