Gunman's Facebook Page May Point to Motive in Oxford Shooting

A few weeks before he allegedly shot and killed his wife and another woman, Scott Gellatly publicly shared that he was struggling to deal with problems in his marriage.

Scott Gellatly and his wife, Lori Gellatly. Credit: Scott Gellatly's Facebook page
Scott Gellatly and his wife, Lori Gellatly. Credit: Scott Gellatly's Facebook page
Scott Gellatly, the man suspected of shooting and killing his wife and wounding her mother, had been openly struggling to deal with his discovery that she was having an affair, according to posts on his Facebook page.

Gellatly, a 46-year-old resident of Oxford, Conn., allegedly forced his way into a home on Sioux Drive at 5:30 a.m. on May 7 and opened fire on the two women, Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance said during a press briefing in the small New Haven County town. Gellatly was apprehended in nearby Winsted about six hours later, following a massive manhunt that led to lockdowns of some schools and St. Mary's Hospital in Waterbury.

About a month ago, he posted on his Facebook page that he had walked in on his wife having an affair with another man at a family picnic on Fourth of July. He wrote that they had gone to counseling and that she had apparently had more than one affair. He then wrote:

"I had to leave because I didn't want to heart anyone i was so mad it heart like a nife was in my heart I don't get y some that believe s that they have a great family and would jeperdise something so sweet and betufle. so I removed my self and took a little money and i told her that I needed a vacation .to get away from her .so the only person I can heart is my self .."

A few weeks later, on April 22, he changed his profile to a picture of him and his wife with their children. He wrote in a comment on that post:

"Its so sad that a woman can make a decision and change a whole family's life how could you break something so sweet up an innocent. All for a sleazy affair how sad there will never be pictures like this again how can a mother make a decision like that and ruin everything why why why?"

His friends and family offered their support and prayers to help him.

Vance said State Police have an arrest warrant for Gellatly, but he did not specify what the charges will be, according to the Hartford Courant.

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Craig Zac May 07, 2014 at 02:14 PM
Im wondering if, when he made that long ranting post, if he was drunk or under the influence of anything because his grammar and spelling was so bad yet, in his other posts on his page he did not seem to have as much trouble with spelling and such. That must have been devastating to walk in on, im wondering why he didn't do anything then? Video taped them then put it on my Facebook page or sent it to her parents and his wife or something... Anything but killing her and shooting the other person whom I assume was her mom? now the kids have no one!
Paul Doyle May 08, 2014 at 09:46 AM
I have many reactions to the printing of above mentioned Facebook post by Mr.Gellatly. I believe that not all information needs to be made public. With all due respect for the victims of this horrific incident we need to help in the healing, not rekindle the pain. We do not know if what is contained in this Facebook post is TRUE. Lori Gellatly can not defend herself now so we must walk softly with prayer and be ever so cautious with what we make public. May she rest in peace. We pray that her Mom will survive.
Paul Doyle May 08, 2014 at 09:53 AM
There are so many victims... Perhaps the town of Oxford could initiate a crisis call center for those with mental issues... If only Scott felt that he had someone to share his pain with this may never have happened. What are your thoughts???
Joe Blow May 08, 2014 at 11:58 AM
@Paul, if you are willing to finance the "Oxford crisis call center" I would be all for it. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of "programs" already in place to address this issue. My condolences to the family of the slain victim.
Craig Zac May 14, 2014 at 04:24 PM
allot, if not all his Facebook friends offered him their help and support... you can instill the programs but you cant make people use them. this guy had other avenues he could have taken to deal with this. He took a vacation it seems and I guess it didn't help. who knows what goes through someone's mind after something like this.... if in fact it was true (what was written on his Facebook page) id say to take that rant with a grain of salt though as I have stated, its seems like he was under the influence of something when he wrote it.


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