This story was originally published on October 5, 2012 and was corrected on October 6.
According to published reports, the man who apparently instigated the shooting of three members of the Warlocks Motorcycle Club at a charity ride in Winter Springs, Florida on Sunday had been voted out bad from the club. The Orlando Sentinel has reported that David “Tin Man” Maloney, pictured above, is a former officer with the club’s Seminole County (Florida) chapter.
Multiple news sources, including this page, have reported that the shooters were affiliated with the Warlocks Motorcycle Club that is respectfully regarded in Philadelphia, suburban Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware.
In an earlier version of this story this page stated: “The Aging Rebel is unable to confirm that allegation (that the shooters were members of the Philadelphia based Warlocks) and believes the scenario described by the Sentinel and repeated by other newspapers is improbable. This page has also been unable to confirm that the club in Philadelphia has established any chapters in Florida.”
However, a photo by Jacob Langston published by the Sentinel (view that photo here) clearly shows a man who appears to be Maloney wearing a Harpy patch on his back. It now seems likely the Philadelphia based club was approached by Maloney.
The Philly Warlocks wear a Harpy on their backs. The much larger club headquartered in Florida wears a War Bird/Phoenix.
The three dead men are Mother Chapter Nomad Harold “Davey” Liddle, Lake County Chapter patch holder Peter “Hormone” Schlette and Mother Chapter patch holder David “Dresser” Jakiela. The Warlocks MC published a statement Monday that read in part, “We extend our heartfelt condolences not only to the families of our poor, fallen brothers but to our entire Warlocks Nation. We have all lost three true brothers and they will be remembered!”
According to police, the shooting began shortly after four men rode into the assembly area for the charity ride before 10:40 Sunday morning. Those four riders were Maloney, Victor Amaro, Robert Eckert and Paul Smith. Maloney and Eckert both live in Longwood, Florida. Amaro lives in Winter Springs, Florida. Smith lives in Florence, South Carolina.
Initial reports stated that there were six riders in that pack. That also appears to be inaccurate. Police have stated that they are not looking for any more suspects.
Four Ruined Lives
According to the Sentinel, Maloney was expelled from the club in October 2010 and “since then, members of the club have shot at him while riding his motorcycle and at his home. Maloney said he also received threatening calls and text messages.”
Maloney, Amaro, Eckert and Smith are all charged with three counts of second-degree murder. They are being held at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Sanford. All four men will have their initial appearances tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. All four are scheduled to be arraigned on November 27.