Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman released the following statements on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the shootings at the Connecticut Lottery headquarters in Newington, which took place on March 6, 1998.
Four lottery employees were killed in the shootings by a disgruntled co-worker who had recently returned from medical leave, including:
- Otho Brown (President of the Connecticut Lottery)
- Linda Mlynarczyk (Chief Financial Officer of the Connecticut Lottery and a former Mayor of New Britain)
- Rick Rubelmann (Vice President of Operations for the Connecticut Lottery)
- Michael Logan (Director of Information Services for the Connecticut Lottery)
In 1999 as a response to the tragedy, Connecticut became the first state in the nation to adopt a “red flag” law granting law enforcement the legal authority to temporarily remove firearms from someone when there is probable cause to believe they are at a significant risk of harm to themselves or to others. Since its passage, the law has oftentimes been used after a relative, friend, or close acquaintance raised concerns to authorities. A study in 2016 led by researchers at Duke University found that the law appears to have prevented several suicides. Today, only five states in the country have enacted “red flag” laws on their statute books.
Governor Malloy said, “The events of March 6, 1998 left the State of Connecticut in shock, and we mourn still for the workers who lost their lives on that terrible day by a horrible act of gun violence. We pray for and remember the victims, their fellow employees, and their families.
“Twenty years later, as we look back on the actions that occurred on this tragic day, we must recognize that our nation has not done enough to proactively work to stop the threat of situations such as the one we witnessed here. ‘Red flag’ policies to keep firearms out of the hands of those who have shown the warning signs of being a threat to themselves or to others are critical in our efforts to prevent tragedy, and it is a shame that only a handful of states have this tool on their statute books. I strongly urge all states and the federal government to adopt this critical law enforcement policy – it can save lives.”
Lt. Governor Wyman said, “I remember this day clearly and the shockwaves it sent through the state and the nation. Among the dead were people I’d known and worked with – good people who were dedicated employees and devoted to their communities. I’m proud to live in a state that responded by passing a ‘red flag’ law, and that is still working today to strengthen public safety and improve healthcare.”
The Roundup currently has over 5,700 subscriptions and a local social media following of over 95,000 readers across multiple social media sites, apps, pages, and groups.
The Roundup is also a proud member of WordPress. This affiliation offers readers more news from FOX 61 and CBS Connecticut on The Roundup.
Latest Stories From Roundup Partner : FOX 61
President Donald Trump’s critics are increasingly focused on the question of which Democrat will challenge him for the presidency in 2020. It’s an important question, but another one might be even more important: Regardless of who runs in 2020, if Trump loses, will he leave the Oval Office peacefully? Let’s start with why we need to ask this question: Trump is increasingly proving himself to be a President eager to overstep his authority. Just last week, Trump displayed his willingness to […]
The idea of paid paternity leave has hit the national stage as focus shifts from new moms to the whole family unit when a child is born. One company in particular is offering a grant to fathers who do not have access to paid paternity leave. Dove started a Paternity Leave Fund that is an effort to raise over $1 million for dads across America over the next two years, according to their website. The fund will provide fathers who do […]
HARTFORD — Connecticut lawmakers are considering once again whether to require motorcycle drivers to wear helmets. The Public Health Committee is holding a public hearing Monday on two bills that would impose mandatory helmet use. One bill would require helmets be worn by motorcycle operators and passengers under age 21. The other bill would require all motorcycle operators and passengers to wear protective headgear. The second bill also would require anyone riding in the back seat of a vehicle to […]
EAST WINDSOR — Now here is something to give a hoot about! An injured owl was found on Scantic Road by the East Windsor Public Works Department. They were plowing during the last storm. The bird was taken to the Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton to recover from its injuries. According the East Windsor Police Department, the owl will be returned to Scantic road after it makes a full recovery.