Burlington Police Investigate Shooting of Three Palestinian Students, Potential Hate Crime Suspected

Burlington Police are actively investigating a shooting incident that occurred on Saturday evening, resulting in three college students being hospitalized with gunshot wounds. The victims, all 20-year-old males of Palestinian descent, are currently receiving medical treatment. Two of the students are stable, but the third has sustained more severe injuries.

According to the police, two victims were shot in the torso, and the third was injured in the lower extremities. The identities of the victims, who were in Burlington visiting relatives for Thanksgiving, have not been disclosed as per their request.

At the time of the attack, two of the men were wearing keffiyehs, a scarf commonly worn in Middle Eastern cultures. Police have yet to determine the motive for the shooting and have not ruled out the possibility of a hate crime.

Burlington Police Chief Jon Murad expressed his condolences to the victims and their families, stating, “In this charged moment, no one can look at this incident and not suspect that it may have been a hate-motivated crime.” Federal agencies have been contacted to assist in the investigation.

The incident occurred on North Prospect Street, where the suspect, described as a white male, confronted the victims and fired at least four rounds without speaking. The assailant reportedly fled on foot. Police responded to calls about the shooting, finding two injured persons at the scene and a third at a nearby location.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger described the violence as unacceptable and emphasized the investigation’s focus on the potential hate crime aspect. Senator Bernie Sanders and Governor Phil Scott also expressed their shock and concerns, with Sanders highlighting the need for a full investigation and Scott calling for unity against hate and divisiveness.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. The American Jewish Committee also urged law enforcement to consider the incident as a possible hate crime.

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact the Burlington Police Department at 802-658-2704.

Chris Morris
Author: Chris Morris

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