Southington man arrested after gun violence at Motel 6

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Police arrested Joshua Wilson, 54, of Southington for gun-related charges after shots were fired at Motel 6 at 625 Queen Street on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Wilson was charged with unlawful discharge, third degree assault, reckless endangerment, breach of peace, third degree criminal mischief, carrying a pistol or revolver without a permit and possession of large capacity magazines.

Police responded to a reported dispute just before 11 p.m. The investigation revealed that Wilson was staying in a room at the Motel 6 when he became involved in a dispute with the person that was staying in the room with him.  During the dispute, Wilson allegedly threw the victim to the floor of the hotel room and then struck her in the head several times.

Wilson then pointed a Smith & Wesson 9mm semi-automatic handgun at the victim before raising it away from the victim and firing a round into the wall of the motel room. The bullet penetrated the wall of the room and two more rooms that were not occupied.

After firing the gun, Wilson left the room with the gun in a box.  It was located a short distance away on the Motel 6 property by officers, and it was seized as evidence.  Wilson did not have a permit to carry the handgun.  During the investigation, it was discovered that the gun had an illegal high capacity magazine in it and there were a total a three more such magazines in the room.

The victim sustained minor injuries, but declined medical attention. The identity of the victim is being withheld.

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