Douglas Scruton

Douglas Scruton: 'A Blue-Collar Guy'

Douglas Scruton: 'A Blue-Collar Guy'

When Mikel O'Brien heard about the shooting at the building where her husband, Douglas A. Scruton, worked, she repeatedly, frantically called his cellphone. "I kept waiting and waiting for him to call back," she said. "But he never did."

Instead, she got a call she didn't want.

On Tuesday afternoon, hours after the news broke that nine people were killed by a gunman at a Manchester beer and wine wholesaler, a detective called to tell O'Brien that her husband was among the dead.

Scruton, 56, was just months away from retirement, O'Brien said, after working nearly three decades for Hartford Distributors. Scruton, a Teamster, lived in Manchester...