Police: N.Y. Agent Kills 2 Former Colleagues, Himself
April 30, 2021
A real estate agent went to the brokerage where he once worked in Watertown, N.Y., on Wednesday and fatally shot the company’s two co-owners before later taking his own life, according to police reports.
Police responded to a call about gunshots from the office of Bridgeview Realty at about 2 p.m. Police say the suspect entered the brokerage’s building and killed two individuals before fleeing the scene. The two victims were identified as Maxine Quigg, 50, and Terence O’Brien, 53.
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Police conducted a manhunt for the suspected shooter, a former Bridgeview Realty agent named Barry K. Stewart, 55. Authorities found Stewart driving his car hours later, and as they tried to pull him over, Stewart shot and killed himself, according to police reports.
“The National Association of REALTORS® is heartbroken by what occurred this week in Watertown,” NAR President Charlie Oppler said in a statement Friday. “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the loved ones of those whose lives were taken from them, and we offer our full support to members of the community and real estate industry who were impacted by Wednesday’s tragedy.”
Stewart, a retired Army veteran, had worked as a real estate professional at Bridgeview Real Estate Services for nine years. He left the firm in March to open his own real estate business, Homes by Barry Stewart, according to reports. Police are still investigating a motive for the killings.
“This is an unspeakable, senseless tragedy, where two innocent people were gunned down in a vicious act of violence,” Watertown Mayor Jeff Smith said in a statement. “My heart breaks for Maxine and Terry, their families, friends, and our entire community, who I know share in my disbelief that this could happen here.”
“Watertown Shooting: Real Estate Agent Kills Ex-Bosses Before Taking Own Life,” New York Post (April 29, 2021) and “‘This Is Difficult:’ Watertown Detective Releases Details on Bridgeview Real Estate Shooting,” MyChamplainValley.com (April 29, 2021)
Updated: May 18, 2021