Suspect's son: My father 'made the wrong decision'

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February 23, 2012, 6:13 pm
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(NECN: Brian Burnell, New Britain, Conn.) – There are chilling 911 calls from the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain, Conn. after Victor Valcarcel, Sr. allegedly opened fire on two supervisors Wednesday night.  

The supervisors are Lynn Trask and Robert Barucci. They both remain in critical condition. According to Valcarcel's son, his father worked in maintenance at the hospital and was given extra time without more money. He said his father told him his bosses were going to lay him off just one year short of retirement.  After the shootings Valcarcel apparently went home where he called his son. He may have saved his father's life.

"He called me, admitted to what he did and I went down to practically save him because the cops were going to go get him so I turned in my father,” said Victor Valcarcel, Jr. “I put myself in front of the police officers to turn in my dad because I know that he was out in the dark standing there and they were not going to see him. And he did have the weapon in his hand, pacing around in the house and my first thought was he was going to take his life."

Valcarcel, Jr. said his father was under a lot of pressure taking care of a sick wife, not in good health himself and living paycheck to paycheck. But he is not making excuses for his father.

"My condolences to the families of what happened,” said Valcarcel Jr. “I mean I'm not here to say that my dad did the right thing. He did the wrong thing. I know he made the wrong decision."

In court on Thursday, the prosecutor asked for a-million dollars bond for the elder Valcarcel.

"This is another series of disturbing workplace violence case we've had in the state of Connecticut. By the grace of God, it’s not a fatality. At least not yet."

Valcarcel lives on Helen Drive in New Britain and, even now, hours after the shootings, police are still going through his house.

It’s in a neighborhood that never saw this coming.

"He was very nice,” said neighbor Edna Barrett. “I couldn't believe it because I thought he was such a nice man."

Valcarcel is being held on $1.5 million dollars bond. 

Tags: 911, New Britain, Brian Burnell, victor valcarcel, hospital for special care, edna barrett, robert barucci, lynn trask
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