Eyewitness News has learned more about a man, who planned an attack similar in style to the one in Newtown, but was luckily prevented by Greater Hartford area police.
Police caught Jordan Marsh, 26, of South Windsor after he was caught stealing a 50-caliber long gun from Riverview Sales in East Windsor on Saturday.
Marsh stole the AR-15 with a scope, found in a duffel bag at the Hartford Hilton, from Riverview Sales, a gun store in East Windsor.
Marsh was staying at the Hartford Hilton after he was thrown out of a relative's South Windsor home.
Marsh's relatives told investigators he was angry with them and his workplace, the Eugene Stienberg Company, where his father and uncle worked.
Family members seemed to be in fear for their safety in part because Marsh has a mental illness and had been off his medication. Sources told Eyewitness News that he was having delusions that people and aliens were after him.
In an exclusive interview on Friday, Marsh's mother, Deborah Tourville told Eyewitness News, "I just don't want him to be made out as a monster."
Tourville said Marsh got into a snowmobile accident when he was 17 and never had a follow-up MRI. His behavior started to become a problem after that.
Tourville said, "He was kind of a threat to me. He would be disrespectful, swear at me."
According to Tourville, up until the accident, Marsh was well liked by everyone and never got in trouble.
Tourville said, "We had a great family. They played in the woods and had a great life. Jordan wasn't one to hunt. He was never interested in guns at all, not one bit."
"Glad he's locked up. If he did it once, he will do it again. That's my child, but wasn't the boy that I raised. I'm just glad no one got hurt," Tourville added.
East Windsor police Detective Matthew Carl said, "There's really no other reason I can think of as a law enforcement official why he would need these firearms than to do something, uh ... terrible."
The owner of the plumbing business told Eyewitness News off camera he hired Marsh a month ago to give him a break, but now he's no longer with the company. He added the state needs a better safety net for mentally ill residents such as Marsh.
Riverview Gun Sales is now connected to the Newtown tragedy as well. Eyewitness News also learned exclusively Tuesday, this is the same store where Nancy Lanza, the mother of Newtown killer Adam Lanza, legally bought at least one of her weapons.
"We are absolutely appalled that the product that we sold several years ago would be used in this type of horrendous crime," the store owner told The Associated Press Wednesday. "Our hearts go out to the victims and the families."
Riverview Gun Sales added that it is cooperating with Newtown investigators and told The Associated Press store records show only one gun was sold to Nancy Lanza.
But, police told Eyewitness News there have been records issues with Riverview Gun Sales in the past.
The East Windsor Police Department said Marsh stole at least a dozen guns from the store over the past few years and the store owners did not know any of the weapons were taken until detectives told them.
About five years ago, there were another three dozen guns from the store that were unaccounted.
Officials with Riverview Sales did not respond to requests from Eyewitness News for comment.
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