Three Dead, Including Suspect, in Shooting at Narcotics Anonymous Meeting in Florida

A gunman killed two people, then himself, in a hostage situation at a Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meeting in Florida on Aug. 8.

According to the Edgewater Police Department (EPD), the incident began at about 7 p.m. local time when the shooter — identified as 49-year-old Quinton Hunter — entered the building where non-profit organization Bridge the Gap was hosting an NA meeting.

Hunter then shot Ian Greenfield, 59, “at close proximity, mortally wounding him,” EPD said in a statement.

About 20 people were in attendance at the meeting and they fled the building after the initial shooting.

However, Hunter prevented his former girlfriend Erica Hoffman, 33, from leaving, turning the incident into a hostage situation, EPD said.

The Southeast Volusia Regional Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team and the Southeast Volusia Negotiations Team responded to the scene and attempted to contact Hunter to negotiate a resolution.

“There was no response from inside the building,” EPD said.

Mahoney said that Hunter posted a video on Facebook live during the standoff.

The SWAT team eventually entered the building and discovered the bodies of Greenfield, Hoffman, and Hunter inside.

EPD said Greenfield and Hoffman “appeared to have suffered gunshot wounds and lacerations” while Hunter “appeared to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

Officers believe that Hunter “was angry over a relationship Greenfield had” with Hoffman.

“This was not a random shooting. It was believed to be domestic in nature,” EPD Chief Joseph Mahoney said at a press conference on Aug. 9.

Mahoney did not specify what relationship Greenfield had Hoffman, if it was romantic in nature or a friendship.

Mahoney added that he was “glad” Hunter was  “no longer with us to harm anyone else.”

EPD continues to investigate the case with the State Attorney Homicide Investigations Unit.

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