No suspects in custody in killing of baker, mother of 4

July 1, 2013 

— A search for three suspects in the killing of a baker entered its second day Tuesday.

Columbia police say Kelly L. Hunnewell, 33, of Pineneedle Drive, was found dead Monday morning at the bakery where she worked at 93 Tommy Circle. She died from complications due to gunshot wounds to the upper body, coroner Gary Watts said.

From the outside, no one would know that a bakery is inside the white, cinder-block building just off Beltline Boulevard. There are no signs anywhere on the building, only two windowless doors and a larger bay door. The building is surrounded by fences, and the back yard is full of overgrown weeds.

Police found Hunnewell’s body after receiving a call from someone near the bakery who heard a woman screaming and gunshots, according to Columbia Police spokesman Jim Crawford.

Later, investigators discovered surveillance footage that showed three armed men entering the bakery through a propped-open door. Seconds later, the men are seen leaving the scene hurriedly.

Officers are still trying to determine a motive, Crawford said.

“It’s truly a whodunnit at this point,” Crawford said Tuesday. “We’re working on some remote leads right now, but nothing concrete.”

Tommy Circle is off Beltline Boulevard, near an ale house and a strip of office housing a bail bond company and a hair salon. The bakery is the last building before Tommy Circle turns into a residential area.

There has been no recent crime around the bakery, Crawford said.

Anyone with information about the shooting should call CrimeStoppers, (888) CRIME-SC.

Amanda Coyne and Noelle Phillips contributed.

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