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Suspect Found Dead After Fatal Truck Stop Shooting

by Jana Ritter - Published: 3/28/2016

Less than two weeks after the fatal stabbing at a Sumner, Washington truck stop, a man opened fire at a truck stop in Jessup, Maryland killing one victim and leaving another in critical condition. The incident took place on Easter Sunday and after the suspect fled on foot, his body was found Monday morning on nearby railroad tracks hit by a train in an apparent suicide.

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The tragic events began to unfold at around 1 p.m. on Sunday just after an Easter service was being held for truckers at a truck stop on Assateague Drive. Edward Winrow said that he had just left the Easter service with a group of fellow truck drivers when they walked right into a crime scene. "There was a crowd pressed up against the windows and when I looked outside there was a guy laying there, face down, if I remember correctly, and a pool of blood running from his head," Winrow said. "He was obviously dead.”

                                                              map of manhunt

When Howard County police arrived at the scene, they found one deceased adult male and another adult male in such bad shape that he was taken to Shock Trauma in critical condition. Both victims had been shot and the gunman had already fled the scene. Patrol officers, K-9 officers and air units swarmed the area in an all night hunt for the suspect described as “wearing blue jeans and a denim jacket.” Authorities had even shut down roads surrounding the area for several hours as the search for the suspect continued throughout the evening. However, police assured residents that the community wasn’t in danger, stating that they believed it was an isolated incident.      

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The investigation eventually led police to identify the shooter as 52-year-old Jacinto Del Prado of Greenbelt and issued a warrant for his arrest. But on Monday morning at around 7 a.m., they found the suspect dead on nearby Amtrak railroad tracks in Prince George county. Del Prado had apparently took his own life by jumping in front of a train, causing MARC’s Penn line to temporarily shut down. Even more tragic is that investigators believe that he had confronted the two victims over a domestic matter, but the shooting was a case of mistaken identity. The deceased victim has been identified as Chad Dewayne Daniel, 44, of Wesley Chapel, FL and the injured victim as Warren Anthony Weeden, 57, of Baltimore. On Monday, Weeden was upgraded from critical to stable condition.

Truck drivers in the area were obviously left upset and shocked by the crime. "Nobody deserves to die. I'm sure it's senseless. Thinking of the man's family, of course he's got a family. It's just terrible,” Winrow said.


Diana Clifton
Diana Clifton
O so sad. Sending prayers for families. Please all other Truckers be safe out there <3
Software Scripts
Software Scripts
yep
James Feltner
James Feltner
This is the best argument ever for mandatory concealed carry and all cmv operators also have CCDW license
Michael Harahuc
Michael Harahuc
Not everyone should carry,besides its not illegal to carry in the carry states. Trucking companies and carriers tell you that you can't but you can
James Feltner
James Feltner
I said licensed CCDWs, if you can't qualify, bye bye CDL too. This is well thought out Michael James Harahuc. No one wants untrained, unqualified, unlicensed loose cannons out there. And all duty ammo must be accounted for at the beginning and end of shift and following an incident.
Randy Schoumaker
Randy Schoumaker
Sadly if your a company driver and it's a company policy for "no weapons" you can't carry. Even if you have a permit
Ted Hart
Ted Hart
What they don't know won't hurt them
Jeff Guyton
Jeff Guyton
Your second amendment rights shall not be infringed upon......I'm sorry, but I don't feel as if any company policy trumps the Constitution.
Aaron Michael Bushue
Aaron Michael Bushue
U have a right to carry they have the right to fire u there trucks there company there rules
Michael Nexsen
Michael Nexsen
Rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6.....
Bever Pottberg
Bever Pottberg
Ya I used to live by there, there was a shouting there about 10 yrs ago and that's why thay closed the bar that was in there ,this place needs to be closed down this place is just trouble
Software Scripts
Software Scripts
Yes indeed
Jon Rubin
Jon Rubin
What about a paintball gun in the truck?
John P Baez
John P Baez
Perfectly legal to carry a Flare gun.
Jon Rubin
Jon Rubin
You could use a flare gun to defend yourself butt you do run the risk of possibly burning your truck down
Bill Fields
Bill Fields
There is NO REGULATION saying you cannot have a firearm in a commercial vehicle, however the jurisdiction(s) you drive through or the company you drive for/ leased to/ lease from May prohibit it.
William Hoover
William Hoover
The man that was killed was my mentor and one of my best friends. He will be missed.
Tracy Hart
Tracy Hart
Well someone posted truckers should never carry guns, can we carry trains.
Bill Fields
Bill Fields
I don't care if I do go to jail, I carry and will use it !
Software Scripts
Software Scripts
heck yes
Jason Everhart
Jason Everhart
This story just keeps getting worse!
Charles Fischer Jr.
Charles Fischer Jr.
Prayers to his friends and family,never liked that stop it's unsafe,
Software Scripts
Software Scripts
Yeah
Irwin Thompson
Irwin Thompson

Russell Dickerson
Russell Dickerson
That was the TA..
Software Scripts
Software Scripts
who else gets this ?
George Fiebe
George Fiebe
the new America!
Software Scripts
Software Scripts
<3