The 37-year-old man suspected of killing three former co-workers at Maryland granite company and injuring three others, including one person in neighboring Delaware, had been arrested at least 42 times in Delaware, and had 15 felony convictions on his record; in 2015, he was charged with multiple gun violations in Maryland, but the charges were later dropped; and he had a history of workplace violence.
After reading the account in the Baltimore Sun, the only question is this: Why was Radee Prince, with his long criminal history in two states, out on the streets in the first place? He's now in police custody.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Prince's shooting spree came as no surprise to the people who once worked with him:
Even before police say he opened fire Wednesday morning at a granite countertop maker in Edgewood, Prince, 37, was known to law enforcement officials. And he had been fired from another job earlier this year after allegedly striking one co-worker and threatening others, according to court records.
In February, Prince allegedly punched a co-worker in the face at a Pulaski Highway granite and marble shop where he worked, then returned multiple times to threaten others after being fired for the attack, according to one co-worker who sought a peace order — Maryland’s equivalent of a restraining order — against Prince.
“He came back to our business justifying what he did was right because the other guy was saying some things that he did not like,” the employee wrote in the application, adding that Prince came back to the business three times after he was fired.
A fourth time, Prince allegedly “came to see me, cursed and yelled at me. … I felt very threatened because he is a big guy and very aggressive on me,” the employee wrote.
He said Prince did not touch him physically, but “I do not want to wait until he will, plus, he already punched a co-worker,” the co-worker wrote in the documents. “He can also do it to me.”
A Harford County district judge denied the order, saying the co-worker “could not meet the required burden of proof.”