Police: Southington man accused of shooting spree suspect in state Capitol gunfire

State Capitol police found at least three bullet holes on the morning of June 1, 2021 at the Capitol's south portico in Hartford, Conn. Investigators are working to figure out when the bullets were fired, and who shot them.

State Capitol police found at least three bullet holes on the morning of June 1, 2021 at the Capitol's south portico in Hartford, Conn. Investigators are working to figure out when the bullets were fired, and who shot them.

Ken Dixon / Hearst Connecticut Media

HARTFORD — State police said Wednesday the bullets fired into the state Capitol building are connected with a Southington man’s weekend shooting spree.

Douglas Floyd Gollnick, 74, of Grove Street, remained hospitalized Wednesday as police have accused him of firing dozens of bullets from a .22-caliber long rifle into homes, churches, businesses and the state Capitol. Despite the volume of shots fired, no one was injured in any of the incidents.

Brian Foley, assistant to the commissioner in the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, said state police determined the Capitol shooting occurred Sunday “and is directly related to the shootings in the town of Southington.”

“At this point, we do not believe there’s any ongoing danger,” Foley said.

It’s unclear how long Gollnick will remain hospitalized. He was taken into custody Sunday night while police say he was trying to evade arrest on the Arrigoni Bridge in Middletown.

Police said Gollnick does not have any known criminal history. Police said the only previous contact with him were two welfare checks in December 2020.

Authorities did not provide a motive for the shootings, but said Gollnick had a connection with each of the locations.

In Southington, police have obtained warrants for two of the incidents that occurred in their town on Sunday.

One warrant charges Gollnick with criminal attempt at first-degree assault, unlawful discharge of a firearm, reckless endangerment, criminal use of a firearm and first-degree criminal mischief after police said four or five bullets were fired at a North Star Drive home.

Police also have another warrant to charge Gollnick with unlawful discharge, reckless endangerment, criminal use of a firearm, first-degree criminal mischief, interfering with an officer and engaging police in a pursuit after an incident at a health care facility that led to the chase to the Middletown bridge.

Officers responded to an alarm at Hartford HealthCare Group at 70 Meriden Ave. and saw a man — later identified as Gollnick — matching the description from an earlier shooting in another town standing outside his vehicle and holding a long rifle, police said. As officers set up a perimeter, Gollnick fired the rifle and fled, police said. Officers gave chase and arrested him in Middletown. A .22-caliber long rifle was seized from the vehicle, police said.

Police said they expect to charge Gollnick in connection with at least two other incidents — at a Southington residence and house of worship — through arrest warrants once forensic analysis is completed.

Police said a resident in the 2000 block of Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike reported hearing at least 16 gunshots fired at their house on Sunday. Later that day, broken glass was reported at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 750 Meriden-Waterbury Road.

Southington police on Tuesday said they believe Gollnick is responsible for three other shootings in town. Police said they discovered the locations — a gas station and two more houses — on Monday.

Police said a School Street resident heard a noise outside and thought it was a tree branch breaking. Later, the homeowner found several bullet holes through a wall, into a second-floor bedroom, police said. Investigators said 12 to 15 shots were fired into the room.

A Flanders Road resident heard a noise outside their home and saw a person sitting in a black truck on the road in front of their home. The homeowner later discovered 16 bullet holes fired into the garage door of the house, police said.

The third incident was at Palumbo's 66 Service Center at 828 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, where officers found 12 bullet holes fired into the overhead doors of the business.

Police in Cromwell said Tuesday they are investigating a Sunday afternoon incident that appears to be related to the Southington shootings. Cromwell police responded to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 130 South St. and found multiple bullet holes in the glass doors and windows. Police said an arrest warrant is “forthcoming.”

Anyone with any additional information is asked to call 860-621-0101.