EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

August 1, 2013

Two shooting suspects stopped in Salem

By Doug Ireland
direland@eagletribune.com

---- — SALEM — Two people arrested early yesterday by Salem police were arraigned in connection with a shooting earlier in Hooksett that left a man in critical condition.

Orlando Quintana, 38, of Lynn, Mass., and Ana Koufos, 29, of Revere, Mass., were arrested on Interstate 93 shortly before 2:30 a.m., according to Salem Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten.

They were involved in a shooting incident outside the Irving Circle K convenience store on Bell Avenue in Hooksett that left Daniel Grande, 38, with a gunshot wound to the chest, Hooksett police Chief Peter Bartlett said. Grande was in critical condition yesterday at Elliott Hospital in Manchester, he said.

Quintana and Grande were involved in an altercation at about 1:45 a.m. when Quintana pulled out a handgun, shot the victim and fled in a Honda Odyssey van driven by Koufos, Bartlett said.

Grande, who called 911 on a cellphone, was found slumped in the store’s doorway when police arrived, Bartlett said. No one else was injured.

Bartlett said police are still investigating why the shooting occurred.

“We don’t believe it’s a random incident,” he said. “It is unknown what the cause of the friction was that led up to the shooting.”

Hooksett police issued a bulletin to area police departments, asking them to be on the lookout for the gray van.

Salem officers stopped the van, which was speeding and did not have its headlights on, near Exit 1 on I-93 south, Patten said.

“Both were taken out of the van and arrested without incident,” he said.

Salem police charged Koufos with reckless operation and operating after suspension, Patten said.

Hooksett police charged Quintana, who lied about his identity, with first-degree assault, a felony, Bartlett said. Koufos was charged as an accomplice, he said.

Both were arraigned yesterday afternoon in 6th Circuit Court in Hooksett, he said.