HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – Connecticut State Police said the shots fired at the state Capitol building are linked to a shooting spree that started in Southington over the weekend.
At least three bullet holes were discovered on the south side of the building Tuesday morning.
Authorities gave an update on Wednesday afternoon, releasing new information about the investigation.
Bullet holes were found in two windows near doorways, and another was found in a light fixture.
While the holes were found Tuesday morning, police said it is unclear when the shots were actually fired.
As soon as Capitol Police found them, they looped in state police, who brought in the Central District Major Crimes Division.
Police are investigating after multiple shots were fired at the state Capitol building.
Amid the investigation, state police said Wednesday that the incident at the Capitol is linked to a shooting spree that happened on May 30, starting in Southington.
Floyd Douglas Gollnick, of Plantsville, is accused of shooting up multiple locations that spanned several towns, including Southington and Cromwell.
The number of properties in Southington a 74-year-old man is accused of shooting at is up to seven, according to police.
The list of Southington addresses Gollnick is accused of firing upon includes:
- 2344 Meriden Waterbury Tpke.
- 376 North Star Dr.
- 70 Meriden Ave.
- 750 Meriden Waterbury Tpke.
- 156 School St.
- 216 Flanders Rd.
- 828 Meriden Waterbury Tpke.
Another location, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Cromwell was added to the list on Tuesday.
The investigation started around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday when officers were called to 2344 Meriden Waterbury Tpke. for the report of shots being fired. Police said 16 shots were fired at the home.
Around the same time, shots were heard outside of a home on School Street. Between 12 and 15 shots were fired, with some entering a bedroom.
Shortly after that, a person heard a noise outside of a home on Flanders Road and witnessed a man in a black truck out front. The person later found 16 bullet holes in the home's garage door.
Just before 7:15 p.m., police said they received another call from someone on North Star Drive. That caller reported four to five shots and property damage.
About a half an hour later, an alarm for broken glass was triggered at the Hartford HealthCare Group on Meriden Avenue.
After that, around 8:55 p.m., a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 750 Meriden-Waterbury Tpke. reported a shooting. However, police believe that incident happened earlier.
The Polumbo's Service Center on Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike discovered 12 bullet holes in its overhead doors. It’s unclear at what time the doors were hit.
A shooting incident was also reported in Bristol at some point on Sunday.
Southington officers eventually caught up with Gollnick on Meriden Avenue Sunday evening. He was holding a rifle.
Police said he then got into his truck and led officers on a chase all the way into Middletown and onto the Arrigoni Bridge.
Police eventually stopped him on the Portland side of the bridge. They said he somehow suffered minor injuries.
Officers seized a .22 caliber long rifle and a handgun.
Gollnick has no known criminal history.
Police said all of the locations reported some association with Gollnick, though the motive remains unclear.
Evidence from the state Capitol has been collected, and security camera footage from the Capitol, state buildings, and any from nearby city cameras are being reviewed.
State and local police made quick work, thanks to the help of Hartford’s high-tech surveillance system, which covers a vast area of the capital city.
That technology allowed officials to hone in on the crime. They believe a small caliber weapon was used.
“Let’s say someone were to roll down a window as they were driving by and shoot out the passenger window, the odds of the ShotSpotter system picking that up to the point where it makes a notification to the police department are extremely rare. That was likely the case here, but ShotSpotter has abilities to go back in time and re-examine, based on lower audible levels and determine when and where the shots were fired,” said Brian Foley, of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.
State officials say there is no active threat.
However, they are still investigating, they want to make sure no one else was involved.
They do say mental health issues are in play, but they expect charges will still be filed.