South Windsor workplace shooting suspect faces judge, is related to one of the victims


VERNON, Conn. (WTNH) — The suspected South Windsor workplace shooter faced a Connecticut judge for the first time Thursday. His attorney pleaded for leniency before a Rockville Superior Court judge.

Alan Rosario, 33, is accused of assault with a firearm, assault, reckless endangerment, threatening, and illegal discharge of a firearm.

The shooting unfolded before 9 a.m. Tuesday in an industrial section of town. Police say it all started as a verbal argument between two workers that escalated.

Rosario allegedly shot the trucking company supervisor in the arm and grazed his leg in the parking lot.

“It was targeted, it was a verbal dispute that turned into a shooting. The parties involved knew each other. The primary involved suspect knew the person he had shot. The third-party who was injured was just present as far as we can tell right now,” said Sgt. Mark Cleverdon, South Windsor Police Department.

News 8 learned Thursday, Rosario is related to one of his alleged victims, though the relationship remains unclear. When asked, Rosario’s attorney could not elaborate on the nature of the relationship.

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The second victim, identified as Erik Estevez, 33, of Waterbury, was not involved in the confrontation. Estevez was struck just below the eye with debris or a possible bullet fragment as he was sitting in the passenger seat of the tractor-trailer. It was his first day on the job.

Both victims were released from treatment.

Thursday, Attorney Elton Williams asked the judge to lower bond from $250,000, claiming that Rosario and the man he allegedly shot are “like brothers,” that Rosario has no past criminal history, and lives with his three children and common-law wife in Springfield, Massachusetts. 

“[Rosario] has lived an upstanding life so what is alleged to have happened is clearly an aberration,” Williams told the courtroom.

His plea for mercy worked. The judge lowered Rosario’s bond to $175,000. His family is expected to post bond Thursday afternoon.

Police say Rosario shot the man who his attorney says is like a brother to him over a workplace dispute in South Windsor Tuesday.

Rosario says it was all an accident, claiming he brought the loaded gun to work simply to scare his boss.

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