Two people have been shot at a home in Oxford and State Police are searching for a man who abducted his wife from that house.
A manhunt is underway for the man believed responsible for the shootings – Scott Gellatly, 46. Hours after the shootings, he remains at large and is believed to have taken his 32-year-old estranged wife Laurie Gallatly captive. Gellatly is considered armed and dangerous.
Neighbors say Gellatly and his estranged wife have been involved in ongoing domestic dispute and there was a restraining order against Scott Gellatly.
The shooting happened around 5;45 AM on Sioux Drive in the Swan Lake area of Oxford.
Neighbors Jim amd Jackie Smith said they heard screams and three shots fired. Jackie Smith is editorial page editor of the Danbury News-Times.
Jim Smith dialed 911. While the dispatcher answered his call, he saw his neighbor’s garage door open, then saw “probably Scott running from the house.”
Jim Smith said he saw two people taken away on stretchers.
State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance said the victims are two adult women. They both suffered serious injuries are were taken to St. Mary’s and Waterbury hospitals.
The log cabin-styled house at 55 Sioux Drive, where the shootings occurred, is owned by Doug and Merry Jackson. Neighbors say that Doug Jackson was not at home at the time of the shootings.
Sources say those shot include Gellatly’s wife’s mother (Merry Jackson) and sister. Both are in serious condition.
Doug Jackson, the husband of Merry, returned home from after being told of the shootings. “I should have never left for work,” he said sobbing.
Police said Gellatly escaped in a blue 2013 Ford Escape. The car was later found less than a mile away at the New England Tire and Brake shop on Route 67.
Gellatly is now believed driving a 2012 Toyota Tacoma pickup with Connecticut license plate 2741CC.
A Silver Alert has been issued for Lori Gellatly. She was described as having brown hair, blue eyes, standing 5’5″ tall and weighing 100 pounds.
A police helicopter is involved in the search.
Anyone with information was asked to call state police Troop A at 860-626-7900.
The couple have twin children, around 1 and one-half years old.
Vance said the toddlers, who were in the house at the time of the shootings were not injured. He said the toddlers are with their family and are safe.
Police were seen holding the children while investigating the shooting.
Vance did not say what led to the shooting, but said police had been called to the Sioux Drive home on a previous occasion.
Residents of the Swan Lake neighborhood have been told to stay in their homes. There is a heavy police presence in the lakeside neighborhood.
First Selectman George Temple said the neighborhood is in a lock down.
Sioux Drive, a steep, hilly road that snakes through the community has been blocked by State Police.
Police across Connecticut are on the lookout for the man, who is believed armed with a pistol and possibly a shotgun.
Swan Lake is a private, 32-acre lake owned by the Swan Lake Association, made up of property owners.
The lake was created in the late 19 century by Scottish immigrant James Swan to power his tool manufacturing factory downstream in Seymour.
Check back for updates. We have reporter Frank Juliano and photographer Brian Pounds on the scene.