A man in his 20’s was shot in the head at close range last night in Burlington’s Old North End.
The victim has not yet been identified. The homicide occurred near the intersection of Luck St. and Intervale Avenue, near the Boys and Girls Club.
The gunfire incident is the third in Burlington in the last month, and the second in a week. Saturday night Leon Delima, a Burlington resident with an extensive police record involving drugs and violence, was arrested and jailed for firing a weapon near a North Avenue bus stop.
Today, Mayor Miro Weinberger issued the following statement on Burlington’s first homicide this year, which occurred Thursday night near Luck Street.
“Last night’s shooting and murder is Burlington’s first homicide in more than two years. Yet it is one of many recent gunfire incidents, part of a very disturbing trend that has dramatically increased since 2020.
“The Burlington Police Department has begun the hard work of identifying, finding, and apprehending the shooter, and we offer condolences to the victim’s family and those mourning him.
“Murder is thankfully rare in Burlington, but for more than a decade, the investigators at BPD have closed each and every one. They have my full support as they search for a killer. While details are still emerging, early indications are that this homicide, like more than half of the past gunfire incidents, involves people who have been involved in other, previous gunfire incidents. As the police chief, the state’s attorney, and I stated last month, we are dedicated to rolling back this dangerous trend through partnerships, thorough investigations, arrests, and vigorous prosecutions.”