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Four arrested in shooting at Florida VFW post

WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. — Police today arrested four suspects in Sunday's fatal shooting of two members of the Warlocks motorcycle club and the wounding of a third men outside a VFW post in Winter Springs.

Details of the shooting have not been released but Winter Springs police noted that a Pennsylvania Warlocks chapter that was not affiliated with the Florida Warlocks tried to start a second chapter in Seminole county.

The dead victims of the shooting were Harold Liddle and Peter Schlette, no ages or addresses given, and critically wounded victim David Jakiela, who remains hospitalized at Orlando Regional Medical Center, according to police.

The suspects are Victor Amaro, 41, Robert W. Eckert, 38, David Maloney, 52, and Paul Smith, 47. They are all charged with two counts of homicide and one count of attempted homicide, according to police.

The shooting happened about 10:40 a.m. in the parking lot of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post when the Warlocks were about to leave on charity ride for an undisclosed charity, according to police. According to police Lt. Doug Seely, a confrontation preceded the shooting.

Witnesses said after the shooting that at least 30 shots were fired when 6 unidentified motorcycles arrived in the parking lot.

Winter Springs police taped off the neighborhood adjoining the post and evacuated people from a senior center next door. Authorities did not say whether they thought there was a single shooter or more.

"We have a lot of crime scene," Seely said. "We have a lot of people detained and a lot of weapons detained, and we're ascertaining what matches what."

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Several men in biker gear, including one in a Warlocks jacket, were handcuffed and questioned after the shooting. It was not clear how many people were at the post at the time of the shooting or how many shots were fired.

Representatives of the VFW post and the Warlocks could not be reached for comment.

The Warlocks motorcycle club has military ties going back to its founding in the late 1960s. According to the group's website, the first chapter was founded in the Lockhart area of Orange County by Navy veteran Tom Grub shortly after he left the service.

Today, the club has chapters not only in Central Florida but around the U.S., England and Germany, the website says.

hcurtis@Tribune.com
 

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