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Rally supports families of recent shooting

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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. 

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"God Please Don't Let Me Go"

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Local man recalls getting shot after coming to the aid of woman he never met

Carl Unger picCarl Unger, pictured above, along with his good friend Malcom Winffel, saved a local woman's life during a recent shooting at Westfield Montgomery Mall. COURTESY PHOTO

What many called heroic, Carl Unger called mundane and his wife says is just an example of the heart of her “Gentle Giant.”

When a gunman opened fire at the Westfield Montgomery Mall on Friday, May 6, Unger and his good friend Malcom “Mike” Winffel came to the aid of a woman screaming for help.

“She was (saying) ‘Please help me.’ She got in between Mike (and I). We must’ve been blocking his way because he reached out for her and at the same time he just started shooting,” Unger said.

Unger said Winffel was in front of him when the gunman opened fire.

Winffel died in the gunfire and Unger found himself seriously injured.

“I was (saying) ‘God please don’t take me, please don’t let me die,’” Unger said.

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Vigil Held For Local Hero

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Malcoms Group-101In the center of the group, Brandon Winffel, 15, his mother Norma and sister Kayla, 17, at a vigil for their father and Norma's husband Malcom Winffel who gave his life to save a woman he didn't know in a shooting at Montgomery Mall. PHOTO BY MARK POETKERGAITHERSBURG – 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.

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"This Is Who He Was"

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Friends and relatives recall man who gave his life to save a woman he never met

malcom winffel 2Malcom Winffel. COURTESY PHOTO

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.”

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Shooting spree suspect facing multiple murder charges

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Eulalio-Tordil-MCPEulalio Tordil faces multiple murder charges. COURTESY PHOTO

GAITHERSBURG—Police have charged Eulalio Tordil, 62, with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder and four counts of a using a firearm in the commission of a felony, after a two-day shooting spree.

Tordil has been charged in Montgomery County with the murders of 45-year-old Malcolm Winffel of Boyds and 65-year-old Claudina Molina of Silver Spring, from two shootings at Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda and Aspen Hill Shopping Center.

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Man in custody after shooting spree

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Police say shooting "eerily" similar to D.C. Sniper case

tordilShooting suspect Eulalio Tordil. COURTESY PHOTO

 

ROCKVILLE - One man is in custody, three are dead and two injured following a shooting spree that apparently began in Prince Georges County on Thursday and ended Friday afternoon in the Aspen Hill area of Montgomery County.

Sources close to the police investigation say the case is “eerily similar” to the D.C. sniper case in the same area some 14 years ago.

“Today’s shooter even ate at the same restaurant as the D.C. snipers after they shot someone in the same part of Aspen Hill,” said a local investigator who asked not to be named.

Police arrested Eulalio Sevilla Tordil, 62, a federal protective service officer who was suspended earlier this year.

Investigators also apparently have a gun in their possession they believe to be the murder weapon, and other than the shooting Thursday night of the suspect’s estranged wife police currently are investigating the possibility the remaining shootings were “All random acts of violence.”

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