Gunman who killed two at club had expressed regret

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) – A gunman who sneaked into the Foxy Lady strip club with an assault rifle, killing two people and wounding three others before shooting himself, left behind a note in his house expressing regret, according to an investigator close to the probe.

In the brief note, seized by police from Scott Medeiros’s Freetown home, the 35-year-old gunman says to tell his parents he’s sorry and asks his parents to care for his ex-girlfriend, Jaime Tavares, a bartender at the strip club.

The note doesn’t directly mention any planned violence, said the investigator, who requested anonymity because he isn’t authorized to speak publicly.

But Medeiros clearly had something on his mind.

Early Tuesday, the 35-year-old Medeiros, who once installed a security system at the strip club, slipped past security guards who were under orders to keep him out. He was dressed in black clothes and a bulletproof vest, a black ski mask and carried an assault rifle propped at his hip.

Police say he shot and killed Robert Carreiro, 33, of New Bedford – the father of his ex-girlfriend’s child – and club manager Tory Marandos, 30, of Nashua, N.H. Medeiros riddled arriving police cars with bullets, injuring two officers and another bystander before retreating back into the club and taking his own life.

Whatever Medeiros’ motivations, his last moments were spent in a fit of rage, surrounded by dozens of police officers who hustled patrons and employees away from the building.

During a standoff that lasted several hours, Medeiros sent a text message to someone outside the club, said Assistant District Attorney Raymond Veary Jr. Veary did not say what the message said or to whom it was sent.

Medeiros also called police and had what Veary described as a rambling conversation with a dispatcher.

“It concluded with a large, extremely loud bang we have identified as probably a gunshot,” he said.

Authorities spent much of Wednesday interviewing witnesses and sifting through clues to determine what prompted the violent attack.

Medeiros dated Tavares, the bartender, after her romantic relationship with Carreiro lapsed, said Irene Thomas, a friend of both victims. But his relationship with the woman ended badly, and he had been ordered to keep out of the club, according to business owners.

That conflict apparently escalated shortly before Thanksgiving, according to another investigator working on the case who spoke on condition of anonymity.

On Nov. 19, Medeiros walked into the club while Tavares was working. Carreiro and he argued, and Medeiros later claimed the club security guard struck him, the investigator said. He later sought treatment at a local hospital, and filed a police report, which officials have refused to release.

A judge in New Bedford District Court denied a request by The Associated Press to make public a copy of that report Wednesday. The investigator said Medeiros had tried to file charges against Carreiro, but court records show none had been approved before both men died.

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