Police: Warlocks MC feud sparked VFW shooting

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SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. —

Four men were arrested in the shooting death of two Warlocks Motorcycle Club members at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post on Sunday, according to Seminole County authorities.

Investigators arrested David “Tinman” Maloney, 52, Victor “Pancho” Amaro, 41, Robert “Willy” Eckert, 38, and Paul Smith, 47.

According to police, each of the men are charged with two counts of second-degree homicide and one count of attempted homicide. All four suspects are being held in the Seminole County Jail without bond.

At a news conference Monday afternoon, Winter Springs police identified the two slain men as Harold “Lil’ Dave” Liddle and Peter “Hormone” Schlette.

David "Dresser" Jakiela was shot in the head and remains in critical condition at ORMC, police said.

Police interviewed dozens of witnesses and tried to piece together what happened Sunday morning during what one witness called a "firefight.''

Police reports reveal Philadelphia Warlocks MC members were meeting at a VFW post on Edgemon Avenue for a charity poker run, and gunfire started when the unaffiliated Orlando Warlocks showed up to attend the event.

Police said six motorcyclists drove up and opened fire on the other motorcyclists.

Investigators said they recovered a total of 36 weapons from that shootout, including guns, knives and other weapons.

“We recovered 13 firearms and 23 edged weapons,” said Lt. Doug Seely.

“Were the Philadelphia Warlocks upset that the Orlando Warlocks came? What happened?” asked WFTV’s Daralene Jones.

“We're trying to still to ascertain exactly who's affiliated with what to be able to accurately have that for our case,” Seely said.

“As they pulled into the parking lot, a huge fire, I call it a firefight [broke out] … don't know what else to call it," said witness Bill Farrell. "At least 30-40 rounds of ammunition expended.''

Some witnesses said the shootout was sparked by a dispute over turf and power. But police would only confirm that Warlocks members were at the VFW at the time of the shooting.

“How worried are you that this could lead to some sort of bike war?” Jones asked police.

"We feel this, that happened in Winter Springs; as far as anything major than that, we'll have to rely on larger agencies," said Seely.

WFTV learned that police were so worried about retaliation after the shooting that ORMC was put on lockdown because that's where one of the victims is being treated.

On Monday, as WFTV’s Jeff Deal and his cameraman were shooting video of the Warlocks’ Orlando chapter headquarters, women from inside the building attacked the photographer and tried to block the camera.

The original Warlocks started near Orlando in the late 1960s and was founded by Tom Grub.

Since then, several chapters have been added throughout the U.S., Europe and Germany. The local Warlocks website not only lists those Warlocks who've died but also those who've  broken the law and are serving time behind bars.