According to both Fox News and CNN in a still-developing story, a soon-to-be-fired disgruntled worker at a beer distributor has killed at least one person and wounded two. Details are sketchy at best, with various reports of the number of wounded and just how many people are dead. Hartford Distributors is one of Connecticut’s largest beer and wine distributors. The perp, a recently-hired driver for the company, had been called in for a meeting with management and union officials to discuss “a disciplinary problem.” Other reports say he was being called in for a termination meeting. Apparently, one of the wounded is a member of the family who owns the distributorship.
There’s no indication – yet – if alcohol played a role in this tragedy other than the setting for the crime. More details here, as soon as we get them.
UPDATE (from wtnh.com):
John Hollis, a spokesman for the union at the beer company, says the gunman, a driver at the company, was hired about a year ago and was headed in today to face a disciplinary hearing.
About 50 to 70 people were in the warehouse because it was a shift change, said Brett Hollander, the director of marketing at Hartford Distributors.
“We’re now just trying to figure out who’s shot, who’s not accounted for,” he said.
Hollander’s cousin, a vice president at the company, was shot in the arm and the face, Hollander said, but he thought he would be OK. It was not clear if he was among the victims taken to Hartford Hospital. Hollander, whose family owns the distributor, said he did not know the shooter well and didn’t know how long he had worked there.
This is statistically insignificant, too, but the LA Times reports eight dead.