Suspect in series of shootings spanning several CT towns over Memorial Day weekend formally charged in Southington incidents

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SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — On Thursday, the suspect in a series of shootings over Memorial Day weekend in Southington was formally arraigned.

Floyd Douglas Gollnick, 74, was formally arraigned at an area hospital for two shootings in Southington on May 30.

For the incident at 376 North Star Drive, Gollnick is charged with criminal attempt, assault, unlawful discharge, reckless endangerment, criminal use of a firearm, and criminal mischief.

For the incident at 70 Meriden Ave., Gollnick is charged with unlawful discharge, rckless endangerment, criminal use of a firearm, criminal mischief, interfering with an officer, and engaging in pursuit.

He is being detained on a combined $750,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in New Britain Court on July 15.

Southington, working in cooperation with the Connecticut State Police Major Crime Squad, Cromwell Police, Bristol Police, and the State Capital Police, continue to investigate, and additional charges are anticipated.


A man has been taken into custody after Southington Police believe he shot at several buildings Sunday night.

The man was been identified as 74-year-old Douglas Floyd Gollnick of Plantsville.

It all started at around 6:45 p.m. Sunday. Southington Police said they received a series of calls in a span of two hours about these incidents. They said they responded to two homes, a doctor’s office, and a church.

Police said 16 shots were fired at the first home on Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike. Minutes later, at around 7:13 p.m., shots were fired at a different home on North Star Drive. Both residences were occupied at the time of the shooting.

At 7:39 p.m., police received an alarm call from Hartford HealthCare of glass breaking at an office on Meriden Avenue. At 8:54 p.m., A church member reported shots fired at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; police believe that shooting occurred earlier.

When police arrived at the address on Meriden Avenue, a Hartford HealthCare Medical Group primary care office, they caught up with the suspect. As officers tried to set up a perimeter around the building, police said shots were being fired behind the building. 

Southington Police, along with Connecticut State Police and other local departments, said they pursued Gollnick on Interstate 691 onto Route 66 into Middletown.

The chase came to an end when police had to deploy a tire deflation device. Gollnick was taken into custody on the Arrigoni Bridge. Police seized a .22 caliber rifle and other evidence from his car. 

Two Southington Police cruisers sustained damage in the pursuit, but no one in any of the incidents was injured. Southington Police and Connecticut State Police Major Crimes are investigating.

Gollnick is at the hospital at this time and will be charged with multiple counts once he is brought to the Southington Police Department:

  • Charges pending for Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike residence; investigation ongoing
  • North Star Drive residence
    • Criminal Attempt / Assault 1st degree
    • Unlawful discharge
    • Reckless Endangerment
    • Criminal Use of a firearm
    • Criminal Mischief 1st degree
    • $250,000 BOND
  • Hartford HealthCare office on Meriden Ave.
    • Unlawful discharge
    • Reckless Endangerment
    • Criminal Use of a firearm
    • Criminal Mischief 1st degree
    • Interfering with officer
    • Engaging in pursuit
    • $250,000 BOND
  • Charges pending for the Waterbury Turnpike Church; investigation ongoing

Police reported Monday morning they are investigating two additional locations.

Police add that Gollnick is possibly linked to other shootings in other communities, including Bristol. 

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