ROCKVILLE – Multiple murder suspect Eulalio Tordil pleaded not guilty Friday morning in Circuit Court. His attorneys asked to postpone the trial until next year due to the amount of evidence.
The now 63-year-old former Federal Protective Services employee appeared in court for the first time since his alleged two-day shooting spree at High Point High School in Prince George’s County on May 5, and the Westfield Montgomery Mall and Giant Food Supermarket in Aspen Hill on May 6. The shootings resulted in the deaths of three people, including 44-year-old estranged wife Gladys Tordil, 45-year-old Malcom Winffel and 65-year-old Claudina Molina. During that shooting spree, three others were wounded but survived, including Winffel’s coworker Carl Unger.
Six area rotary clubs joined together to contribute a total of $6,000 to families of the victims of a shooting spree earlier this month that began in Prince Georges County and ended in the Aspen Hill area of Montgomery County.
Six families are to receive $1,000 each. Half the money will go to the three families whose loved ones were killed in the May 5 and 6 shooting. They include Malcom "Mike" Winffel of Boyds, Claudina Molina of Silver Spring and the suspect's estranged wife, Gladys Tordil.
GAITHERSBURG – Kayla Winffel wanted everyone attending Monday night's vigil for the victims of the two shooting incidents in Montgomery County last week to know that her father "was a wonderful person" whom she always considered a hero.
The 17-year-old Clarksburg High School senior, clad in a Superman T-shirt and jeans jacket, said she was "very proud" to know that everyone now also knows what a hero her father was.
Her father, Malcolm Winffel, 45, was killed at Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda May 6 after rushing to the aid of a woman who was being carjacked.
Friends and relatives recall man who gave his life to save a woman he never met
Malcom Winffel didn’t expect to become a real American hero Friday.
The fun-loving 45-year-old prankster with a heart of gold, according to his friends, just planned on watching his favorite fictional super heroes on the big screen that night by going to see “Captain America: Civil War.”
Instead Malcom, known as Mike to all his friends and relatives wound up giving his life to save a woman wounded by an attacker at Montgomery Mall, the place he and a colleague Carl Unger would head out to on Fridays for lunch.
It was emblematic, friends say, of how the married father of two lived his life. He died May 6 as one of three murders police say are all traced back to the same killer.
“He died doing something he cared about,” said Winffel’s colleague Lauren Wiley. “He cared about people.”
We will never know what Malcom Winffel, 45, thought as he took his last breath in that wet Montgomery Mall parking lot last Friday.
We can say with some degree of certainty he didn’t get up that morning, eat his breakfast and go about his business thinking it would be his last day on the planet.
But when he heard a woman screaming for help at the mall, he and a friend automatically jumped to her aid and in doing so saved her life.
But in so doing, he put himself in harm’s way and an atavistic gunman ended his life.
Malcom didn’t know the woman he saved. He never got the pleasure.
Prosecutor John McCarthy stood outside of the Aspen Hill Dunkin Donuts candidly discussing the shooting incident that occurred there last Friday.
“It’s really weird,” he said. “Fourteen years later to be in almost the same place and under similar circumstances.”
He was talking about the infamous D.C. Sniper incident that occurred in 2002 and the more than three weeks of terror and fear residents of the area endured while police hunted and captured a man and his stepson responsible for a number of killings.
The opening salvo occurred in Aspen Hill at nearly the same location as Friday’s shooting.
For those of us who were covering the events 14 years ago there was a scary similarity to the two shootings.
But when Montgomery County police surrounded and arrested the man they say is responsible for the current shooting, the similarities ended.
Make no mistake. In 2002 there were some very dedicated men on the police department and there were many dedicated police officers from around the country who put in the time and put their lives at risk trying to catch the men responsible for the shooting spree.
But the differences in leadership and the organization and tactics of the police are extremely different today versus 2002.
We didn’t endure 23 days of terror this time. Indeed the man said to be responsible for the shooting was picked up less than 24 hours after he is accused of gunning down his estranged wife in front of their children in Prince Georges County.
Police tactics have a lot to do with that quick response and the safe apprehension of the suspect.
The former federal protective officer accused of the current killings apparently shot his wife and then randomly killed two others the following day as he tried to obtain new transportation by carjacking two women he’d never met.