The shooting happened at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4504 on Edgemon Drive at about 10:40 a.m., according to Lt. Doug Seely, a Winter Springs police spokesman.
Bystanders at the scene said members of the Warlocks were apparently about to depart on a charity run before the shooting. According to Seely, a confrontation in the parking lot preceded the shooting. He said the club members were on hand at the post for a fundraising event.
Seely said all three victims appeared to be motorcycle-club members. Two were confirmed dead, he said, with the third taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center in critical condition.
Police taped off the neighborhood adjoining the post and evacuated people from a senior center next door.
Police did not say if they thought there was a single shooter or more than one.
“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.”
Seely did not offer details on how many people were at the post at the time of the shooting, or how many shots may have been fired.
Several men in biker gear, including one in a Warlocks jacket, were handcuffed outside the VFW post after the shooting.
Representatives of the VFW post could not immediately be reached, and it was not clear if the bikers had rented the facility or if some were members of the post.
The Warlocks have made headlines around Central Florida recently:
•In August, the club’s Melbourne headquarters was destroyed by a fire.
•In February, a Windermere police officer was fired after it was learned that he had been a member of the Warlocks and had a history of drug arrests.
•A year ago, three men thought to be Warlocks were removed from a Winter Park movie theater during a showing of “Machine Gun Preacher” after one of them was reported to be carrying a knife.
•In February 2011, a probationary member of the group was sentenced to life in prison for a 2009 shooting in Orange County.
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