2 wounded in workplace shooting, suspect in custody

Published on Tuesday, 22 September 2020 12:16
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SOUTH WINDSOR - A shooter opened fire and wounded two people outside a Connecticut business Tuesday before being taken into custody on a highway in Massachusetts, police said. Both victims are expected to survive.

One of the victims called 911 at about 8:45 a.m. to report a shooting in the parking lot of a South Windsor industrial building housing several businesses, police Sgt. Mark Cleverdon said.

The shooting stemmed from an argument between two employees, one of whom was the shooter, of a trucking logistics company, Cleverdon said. The nature of the dispute wasn't clear. The targeted victim had gunshot wounds to his leg and arm, while another man appeared to have been hit by shrapnel from the shooting of the first victim, he said.

Both victims were taken to Hartford Hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, he said.

“It was an isolated dispute between them,” Cleverdon said at a news conference. “It sounds like there was a verbal argument before the weapon got pulled and then the shooting happened and then he left the scene.”

The shooter fled. Police broadcasted a description of the vehicle to other law enforcement agencies. Enfield officers spotted the vehicle on Interstate 91 and followed it into Longmeadow, Massachusetts, where officers and Massachusetts troopers pulled it over and arrested the suspect without incident, Cleverdon said.

The handgun used in the shooting was found in the suspect's vehicle, he said.

The suspect, whose name was not immediately released, was detained by Massachusetts State Police in Springfield and faces extradition proceedings to send him back to Connecticut. South Windsor police were deciding what charges to file.

Posted in New Britain Herald, General News on Tuesday, 22 September 2020 12:16. Updated: Tuesday, 22 September 2020 12:19.