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3 killed in hostage crisis during NA meeting in Florida: police

Fox 35 interviewing police chief.
Hostage-taking at the Narcotics Anonymous conference in Edgewater, Florida leaves three dead. Fox35 Orlando

On Monday, the shooter took himself out after a Narcotics Anonymous conference turned hostage-taking. The night in Florida that killed three people, including him, police said.

The armed suspect opened fire around 7pm after walking into an NA conference at his N. Ridgewood Ave. 515 in Edgewater, killing a man and then a woman. hostage before shooting the woman and eventually turning the gun on himself. , the police said.

Others at the meeting fled as a shootout erupted before the hostage crisis and standoff with police began.

Edgewater Police attempted to contact the suspect without success.

A SWAT team then broke down the door and found three dead inside.

"We made a quick decision to utilize his SWAT team and broke down the door to find him three dead," he said of Edgewater Police Chief's Joe Mahoney said in a statement to Fox35.

The names of the suspect and victim have not yet been released as police are trying to contact next of kin.

Edgewater Police said the fatal shooting may have occurred in a home, and said the public was no longer in danger around 11:00 pm on Monday. rice field.

Edgewater Police are currently investigating.