Plantsville man charged in two Southington shootings now formally charged in State Capitol shooting

Published on Tuesday, 24 August 2021 16:08
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

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SOUTHINGTON -- A Plantsville man who police say has been linked to seven shootings in town has formally been charged with firing bullets into the State Capitol building in Hartford in late May.

State police on Tuesday said they charged Floyd Douglas Gollnick, 74, of 91 Grove St., with one count each of unlawful discharge of a firearm, first-degree reckless endangerment and first-degree criminal mischief.

According to state police, Gollnick on May 30 fired multiple shots into the Capitol building from a car that was parked on Capitol Avenue. No injuries were reported, and the bullet holes were not discovered until June 1.

State police had indicated since June that Gollnick was a suspect in the shooting in Hartford, but he was not charged until Tuesday.

He has also been charged in two of seven shootings reported in Southington in May.

Gollnick, who is being held on multiple bonds, has not entered pleas to the charges he faces in the Southington shootings, which include one count each of attempted first-degree assault, interfering with an officer and engaging police in pursuit and two counts each of unlawful discharge of a firearm, first-degree reckless endangerment, criminal use of a firearm and first-degree criminal mischief.

The 74-year-old has been charged in a residential shooting at 376 North Star Drive and a shooting at Hartford Healthcare Group, at 70 Meriden Ave. A resident of the North Star Drive home called police on May 30 to report hearing between four to five gunshots, police said. Moments later, police received an alarm alert from the Hartford Healthcare facility for a “glass break.”

Police have said they anticipate additional charges, as they have indicated Gollnick is a suspect in five additional shootings reported in town on May 30. No injuries were reported in the shootings.

The day of the incidents, police said, Gollnick led officers on a pursuit that started in Southington and ended in Middletown, where officers were able to use stop sticks and disable his vehicle on the Arigoni Bridge. A rifle was found in the vehicle and seized.

Southington police said all the locations in their town have some kind of a nexus to Gollnick.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Tuesday, 24 August 2021 16:08. Updated: Tuesday, 24 August 2021 16:11.