Three people are dead after a shooter kills two and turns the gun on himself inside of a Florida Narcotics Anonymous meeting.
According to investigators, on Monday at approximately 7:00 PM, Edgewater Police Department received a call of a person who had been shot at Bridge the Gap, a non-profit organization.
At the time of the incident, they were hosting a Narcotics Anonymous meeting with about 20 people in attendance.
After the meeting started, Quinton Hunter, 49, entered the building and shot Ian Greenfield, 59, at close proximity, fatally wounding him.
“At this time we believe Quinton Hunter was angry over a relationship Greenfield had with Hunter’s former girlfriend, Erica Hoffman, 33, the second victim in this case,” said EPD.
After the initial shooting, the attendees fled the building, but Quinton Hunter prevented Erica Hoffman from leaving and the incident evolved into a hostage situation. The Southeast Volusia Regional Swat Team and Southeast Volusia Negotiations Team were immediately mobilized and responded.
Negotiators and SWAT members attempted to contact Hunter to negotiate a resolution. There was no response from inside the building.
Entry was made to the rear of the building to provide assistance to anyone inside. After entry was made, Greenfield, Hoffman, and Hunter were located deceased in the meeting room. No one else was located inside.
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Greenfield and Hoffman appeared to have suffered gunshot wounds and lacerations; Hunter appeared to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
EPD Detectives in partnership with the State Attorney Homicide Investigations Unit are actively investigating the case.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s families and friends during this difficult time,” said EPD.