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Police: Conn. hospital worker shoots two supervisors over disciplinary issue

Outside the Hospital For Special Care in New Britain WTIC

Outside the Hospital For Special Care in New Britain
WTIC»??s Matt Dwyer
(CBS/AP) NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - A 65-year-old hospital maintenance worker shot and wounded two of his supervisors Wednesday in a dispute over a disciplinary issue, said police.

Victor Valcarcel, Sr.,  was arrested at his house within about an hour of the shooting, which took place early Wednesday evening at the 200-bed Hospital for Special Care, a private nonprofit facility specializing in rehabilitation and long-term acute care.

He has been charged with first-degree assault and criminal intent to commit murder and is expected to be arraigned today.

The two victims, Lynn Trask and Robert Barucci, were in serious but stable condition at a Hartford hospital, said New Britain Police Chief William Gagliardi.

SWAT teams and a helicopter with a search light were dispatched to the hospital after police received a call at 5:53 p.m., and Gagliardi said they requested assistance from other towns because the shooter's whereabouts were initially unknown.

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 and a handgun was recovered.

Last week in Long Beach, Calif., an agent with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency shot his supervisor also apparently over a disciplinary dispute. The supervisor survived but the shooter was killed by another agent after a struggle.

  • Crimesider Staff

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