Thursday, 4:30 PM
Authorities try to piece together rampage at N. Bedford strip bar
(Robert E. Klein for The Boston Globe)
Robert Carriero, 33, of New Bedford, Mass., who was shot and killed in a rampage at the Foxy Lady early this morning.
By John R. Ellement and Brian R. Ballou, Globe Staff, and Andrew Ryan, Globe Correspondent
As waitresses and dancers ran for their lives from the Foxy Lady early this morning, the masked gunman who had opened fire inside the New Bedford strip club yelled a message.
"Tell my family I love them," the gunman said, according to Nick Santiago, a taxi driver, who happened to pull up to the club just after 2 a.m.
The rampage and ensuing police standoff lasted 2.5 hours and ended with three people dead and three others shot, including two police officers. When police finally entered the Foxy Lady, they found the gunman dead.
Scott Medeiros, 35, the man suspected of the shooting, killed himself, according to New Bedford Mayor Scott W. Lang. Employees said that Medeiros had dated a bartender at the club, but that she had broken up with him.
As investigators searched Medeiros' home in Freetown and interviewed witnesses, they began to get a better sense of the bloody and chaotic events that unfolded early this morning.
"We've certainly got a clear understanding that this guy went in with premeditated victims in mind,” said New Bedford Mayor Scott W. Lang. "This was going to happen wherever the victims were. This was not site specific."
Those targets included Robert Carreiro, 32, of New Bedford, a host at the club who was found dead in the doorway, police said. The second victim, Tory Marandos, 29, of Nashua, N.H., a manager and a nephew of the club's owner, was found dead outside.
A patron, Glenn Goncalves, 46, of New Bedford, was shot in both legs but is expected to survive, police said.
A police tactical team responded to the strip club wearing green camouflage fatigues and holding high-powered rifles. There was a volley of gunfire between officers and the suspect, and several police cruisers were riddled with bullets, police said.
Two of the officers who responded were shot while they were still sitting in their police cruiser, according to police Captain Richard Spirlet. The driver, Officer Joshua Fernandes, was shot in the face. His partner, Officer Steve Wadman, got hit in each arm and in the hip.
"It's just a miracle that these officers did not die with that kind of firepower," Spirlet said, referring to the shooter's rifle.
The officers drove themselves several miles to St. Luke's Hospital and Fernandes was then transferred to Rhode Island Hospital. Both men are expected to fully recover, Spirlet said.
According to witnesses, employees, and police, Medeiros entered the strip club clad entirely in black through a door in the kitchen. He was holding an M16.
Jessica Blair, 19, a waitress who had worked at the gentleman's club for three months, heard single shots and then three round bursts.
"Everybody just scattered," Blair said. "I was first in the main room when he walked in and then I ran out back with all the other girls. He told us to go out back."
"We all just ran and we just went out to the cop cars," Blair said. "He said he was letting all the girls go, that he wasn't there for the girls.
"He was there for the guys."
(Photograph courtesy of Marandos' family.)
Tory Marandos was shot and killed at the Foxy Lady early this morning.