By Guy Page
Details are sketchy about reported gunfire on Perkins Pier last night in Burlington.
According to WCAX reports, at about 10:15 shots were heard coming from the parking lot of the marina located at the foot of Maple Street, near the ferry landing. Two cars were then seeing leaving the area.
The gunfire is the 23rd incident in Burlington this year. Burlington’s 22nd gun incident took place at about 10 PM Friday at the popular skate park that (like Perkins Pier) is located along the city’s waterfront and bike path, but about a half-mile further north. One person was shot and another fled gunfire by jumping into the nearby lake. Police rescued that person from drowning, WCAX reports.
On August 22 of last year, 11 gunfire incidents had been reported in the Queen City.
In other Vermont gunfire crime news, Vermont State Police have reported the identities of both the victim and the alleged shooter of a Brookfield shooting at 4 AM Sunday morning.
Joshua Demar, 37, of South Royalton is the man who was shot. He was hospitalized overnight at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington and as of Monday afternoon was expected to be released later that day. The individual who fired his gun is Jarek Duggins, 24, of Northfield.
Police say there was a physical altercation between the two instigated by Demar prior to the shooting, which occurred at a home on Halfway Brook Road. Once the investigation is complete, the case will be reviewed by the Orange County State’s Attorney’s Office to determine whether any charges will be filed.