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    Firefighters, family mourn man killed in shooting spree

    Firefighters, family mourn man killed in shooting spree


    Hundreds of firefighters arrived in Waterbury Wednesday for the funeral of city firefighter Jamie Quinones. A 6-year veteran of the department, Quinones was collecting money for charity when he was gunned down last weekend.

    Black bunting hangs at the firehouse where Quinones worked. For family, fellow firefighters and friends, Wednesday was one last chance to say goodbye. A funeral procession made its way down Main Street and hundreds of firefighters saluted as Quinones

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    Quinones, Jr., Jamie

    Age: 38
    Rank: Firefighter
    Status: Career
    Incident Date: 08/26/2000
    Incident Time: 10:55
    Death Date: 08/26/2000

    Cause of Death: Struck By/Contact with Object
    Nature of Death: Internal Trauma
    Emergency Duty: No
    Duty Type: Other
    Activity Type: Other
    Fixed Prop. Use: Street/Road

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Waterbury Fire Department
    235 Grand Street
    Waterbury, Connecticut 06702
    Chief: Acting Chief James Trainor

    Final Summary:
    Firefighter Quinones and members of his engine company were parked near a city park conducting a "Fill the Boot" fund drive for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. During the collection activities, Firefighter Quinones was shot several times by a gunman in a car that pulled up close to the engine apparatus. Other firefighters summoned EMS and began to treat Firefighter Quinones, who was mortally injured. Despite treatment at the scene by firefighters, treatment by EMS personnel at the scene and enroute to the hospital, and treatment in the hospital, Firefighter Quinones died of his injuries. The person responsible for the shooting killed two other people and himself during a 15-minute shooting spree. The shooter was the former husband of Firefighter Quinones

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    Conn. Firefighter Killed in Shooting During Boot Drive

    Conn. Firefighter Killed in Shooting During Boot Drive
    Man May Have Been Targeted, Police Say

    LON SLEPICKA
    Firehouse.Com

    A Waterbury, Ct. firefighter who police say was an intended target was shot and killed near his firehouse Saturday morning as he took part in a charity boot drive during a half-hour shooting spree that left three other people dead, including the suspect.

    Jamie Quinones, 38, was gunned down by Mark Cote, who shot and killed a man at his apartment building minutes earlier, police said. Cote then continued on to kill his girlfriend's mother before turning the gun on himself.

    Cote is believed to have targeted Quinones. The Republican-American reported Monday that Cote's mother said that Quinones had an affair with Cote's ex-wife.

    Quinones, 38, was among a crew of firefighters who were at an intersection about a half-mile from Fire Station 11 conducting a boot drive to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, an annual ritual among firefighters nationwide, officials from the Waterbury Fire Department said.

    Cote shot Quinones at many as eight times, police said. Cote then drove to the home of an ex-girlfriend and shot her mother, 40-year-old Maria Hernandez. Police said Cote let the ex-girlfriend and her three children go before turning the gun on himself.

    Quinones was pronounced dead at an area hospital. The six-year veteran was divorced and leaves behind two children, officials said.

    The shooting spree began to unfold at about 10:50 a.m. when Waterbury Police receieved a call for shots fired outside an apartment building at 371 Congress Avenue. There, they found 30-year-old Brian Miller dead from a gunshot wound. Miller's car had been stolen by Cote, after the shooting.

    Police said Miller was sitting in his car when Cote dragged him out and shot him.

    Minutes later, at 10:54 a.m., the fleeing Cote fired several shots at Quinones who was among the group of firefighters at the intersection of Sunnyside Ave. and Highland Ave. near the fire station.

    "[Cote] pulled up and fired several shots at [Quinones]," Pesce said. "He never got out of the car." No one else was injured in the incident in front of the station, officials said.

    Acting Fire Chief James Trainor described Quinonesas "a nice guy, kind of quiet, with a military bearing." Quinones had spent 11 years in the Marines before joining the department.

    About fifteen minutes later, Cote entered the house of his estranged girlfriend Maria Perez at 16 Kenyon St. and shot to death Perez's mother, 40-year-old Maria Hernandez.

    Perez fled the house with her three children. Arriving officers within minutes heard a lone shot from inside the house. After two hours of attempting to make contact to Cote in the residence, police entered the house and found the man dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

    "Early indications are that Cote knew all of the victims," Pesce said. Policesuspect the incident may have been ignited by a domestic dispute.

    "It almost appears like it's three separate shootings for three different reasons," saidPolice Superintendent Edward Flaherty.

    Officials at the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation believed that the incident would be considered a line of duty death regardless of the circumstances behind the shooting, since Quinones was on duty performing his duties at the time of his death.

    Memorial service information is as follows:


    Wake: Tuesday, August 29, 2000, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the ImmaculateConception Church on West Main Street in Waterbury, CT.

    Funeral: Wednesday, August 30, 2000, 10:00 AM Mass at the ImmaculateConception Church.

    Burial: Calvary Cemetery on East Main Street immediately following funeralmass.
    Donations:
    Firefighter Jaime Quinones, Jr. Memorial Fund
    C/O Waterbury Firefighters Federal Credit Union
    607 Watertown Avenue
    Waterbury, CT 06708
    Proceeds to be donated to The Muscular Dystrophy Association

    If you would like additional information please contact the Waterbury FireDepartment, Emergency Communications Center at 203-597-3400.



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