2 Reported Shot at Conn. Hospital, 1 Arrest

The suspect arrested is a hospital employee, according to New Britain Mayor Timothy O'Brien

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    Ambulances are lined up in a staging area outside Hospital for Special Care after two people were shot inside the rehabilitation hospital in New Britain, Conn., Wednesday, Feb. 22.

    A hospital maintenance worker shot and wounded two of his supervisors Wednesday amid a dispute over a disciplinary issue, police said.

    The suspect, Victor Valcarcel Sr., 65, was arrested at his house a mile from the hospital within about an hour of the shooting, New Britain Police Chief William Gagliardi said. He was being held at the New Britain police department on charges of first-degree assault and criminal intent to commit murder. It was not immediately known if Valcarcel had a lawyer.

    "He apparently had a dispute with his supervisor and pulled a gun," Gagliardi said.

    The two victims, Lynn Trask and Robert Barucci, were in serious but stable condition at a Hartford hospital, he said.

    The shootings took place late Wednesday afternoon at the 200-bed Hospital for Special Care, a private nonprofit facility specializing in rehabilitation and long-term acute care.

    A helicopter with a search light flew over the hospital, which was surrounded by police cars and ambulances. SWAT teams with rifles walked along the streets outside the building in New Britain, a city of about 75,000 people just southwest of the state capital, Hartford.

    Bob Mullen of Vernon had just dropped his wife off at the hospital when police cars converged on the building.

    "It was very strange," said Mullen, who found out from bystanders there had been a shooting. "Things quickly evolved."

    A hospital official, Lynn Ricci, said Valcarcel had been in a dispute with a supervisor but no further details were immediately available. Officials said Valcarcel had apparently targeted the two victims.

    Authorities said they recovered a handgun.

    In August 2010, eight men were killed at a beer distributor warehouse in Manchester by a disgruntled former employee who then killed himself. Authorities said it was the worst mass shooting in Connecticut's history.