Update, noon: State police say Scott Gellatly was located shortly before noon off Route 8 in Winsted and taken into custody without incident. He is being held on an outstanding warrant. Police identify the wounded woman as Mary Jackson, Lori Gellatly’s mother.
OXFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Two women were shot Wednesday morning, one fatally, inside a home in Oxford and state police were searching for the dead woman’s husband.
Scott Gellatly, 46, entered the home near Swan Lake at about 6 a.m. and shot his estranged wife, 32-year-old Lori Gellatly, and another woman, said Lt. J. Paul Vance, a state police spokesman.
Lori Gellatly was taken to Waterbury Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Authorities initially believed she had been abducted by her husband, but investigators later determined nobody had been taken hostage, Vance said.
The other victim was in critical condition at Saint Mary’s Hospital, which was placed under a temporary lockdown as a precaution because Scott Gellatly remained at large.
Police believe he left the house in a blue SUV, which was later discovered unoccupied at a nearby business. Vance said authorities believe he fled the area in black Toyota pickup truck.
“We’ve notified all law enforcement in the northwest area (of Connecticut) and up and down the Eastern seaboard. We are actively searching for that vehicle,” he said.
Vance said two toddlers were in the house at the time of the shootings but neither was injured. He said they were placed in the care of family members and were safe.
Vance said police had been to the home previously but would not say why. They already had an active warrant for Scott’s Gellatly’s arrest, Vance said, but he would not say what charges Gellatly was facing and it wasn’t immediately clear when the warrant had been issued.
Posts on Gellatly’s Facebook page indicate the couple had been have marital problems for months and that she had moved out of their home, which is located in the same neighborhood, in February.
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