Pending divorce leads to tragic shooting at Maryland high school

Eulalio Tordil and Gladys Tordil (Photo Credit: Prince George’s County Police Dept/ Twitter @gladys_tordil)

The deadly impact of a separation and divorce has taken another dark turn for one family in Beltsville, Maryland. It was there that Eulalio Tordil, 62, allegedly began arguing with his estranged wife Gladys Tordil, 44, outside of High Point High School when she was there to pick up the couple’s two children after school. According to multiple witnesses, the fight soon became heated and an unidentified witness tried to intervene. That is when, according to Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinski, tragedy struck.

Chief Stawinski stated “A woman was in process of picking up her children when she was confronted by a man. An adult bystander saw it becoming heated and tried to intervene as he approached the male. The male produced a handgun and fired at him a number of times, striking him in the shoulder. He is in a stable condition and is expect to survive. The male then turned the weapon on the female and shot her several times. At no point was this an active shooter situation or a barricade inside the school. This appears to be domestic violence. No students were directly involved.”

Eulalio Tordil, an employee of the Federal Protective Service, fled the scene of the shooting in a vehicle. A witness stated that the couple’s two daughters were just yards away and witnessed their father killing their mother. Law enforcement started a manhunt looking for Tordil, who is still at large as students at the school try to cope with the traumatic situation. A softball game was taking place at the school and spectators and players ran for cover as the shots rang out. Fortunately, no one else was hit by gunfire as people sheltered in place as best as they could during the shooting. Classes at the high school will continue Friday, as grief counselors will be available to students.

Tordil had been under a permanent protective order to stay away from his family since March 17, 2016, because of accusations of domestic violence.

Mo Barnes
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Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.



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