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Gunman in Florida salon shooting spree identified

October 18, 2012|By Joseph Serna
  • People gather outside a hair salon in central Florida after a gunman killed three women and wounded a fourth.
People gather outside a hair salon in central Florida after a gunman killed… (Julie Fletcher / Associated…)

A gunman in central Florida who shot four women – killing three – before turning the weapon on himself has been identified as 36-year-old Bradford Baumet of Sanford.

About 11 a.m. Thursday, Baumet walked into the Las Dominicanas M&M hair salon in the Orlando suburb of Casselberry and shot his estranged girlfriend, 44-year-old Marcia Santiago, and three others. Santiago was listed in "serious condition" at a local hospital, police said.

Santiago was scheduled to appear before an Orange County judge Thursday afternoon to seek a permanent restraining order against Baumet, court records show. Baumet was scheduled to appear in his own defense.

On Thursday evening, authorities released the names of the three women who were killed.

Eugenia Marte, 36, was co-owner of the salon and had filed a similar request against Baumet weeks ago, according to court filings. Marte, 45 was scheduled to appear in court next week to request that her injunction against Baumet become permanent.

The two other fatalities were identified as salon employee Noelia Gonzalez-Brito, 28, of Kissimmee, and customer Gladys Cabrera, 52, of Orlando. Gonzalez-Brito was five months pregnant, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

This month, Baumet drove to the salon and threatened to kill the women inside while he banged on the locked door, according to court filings reviewed by the Sentinel. Santiago wrote on her application for an injunction against Baumet that she feared for her life and that he had gotten physically abusive with her in the past.

She wrote that she did not immediately file the complaint with the court because Baumet had threatened to kill her, the Sentinel reported.

After the shooting, Baumet drove three miles to a friend’s house, told the people there he was in a problem he could not fix, then shot himself, said Seminole County sheriff’s spokeswoman Heather Smith.

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