Struggle over rifle leads to Wilton shooting - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Struggle over rifle leads to Wilton shooting


A married couple was fighting over a rifle when they were both shot in the face with the gun Monday morning, according to police.

Police arrived at a home on Grumman Avenue around 8 a.m. for a reported shooting. Upon arrival, police found Charles Garcia, 47, with a gunshot wound in the home and Michelle Garcia, 39, suffering from gunshot wound at a neighbor's residence.

Both were transported to Norwalk Hospital after being shot in the face during a struggle, police said. Charles Garcia has life-threatening injuries, while Michelle Garcia is expected to recover from her injuries, according to police.

Charles Garcia is still in critical condition at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Michelle has been treated and released as of Tuesday.

Following the shooting, Michelle Garcia was able to get to a neighbor's home and call 911.

The Garcias are married and were living together at the time of the shooting, according to their landlord. The couple, which has two high school-aged children, has been renting the residence on Gruman Avenue for the past two years.

The couple's two children were already at school when it happened and no one else was home at the time of the shooting.

The children were told about what happened by the school resource officer.

The couple's landlord told Eyewitness News Monday he's never heard of any problems with them.

According to records, there was an illegal firing of a gun at the Garcias' former residence.

No charges have been filed at this time.

The shooting is under investigation by the Wilton Police Department and the Stamford District Attorney's Office as well as the Connecticut State Police. Anyone with any information is asked to call police at 203-834-6260. 

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