Two shot to death, car hits pedestrian on sidewalk
By Guy Page
Two people were shot to death, another was seriously injured by gunfire, and another was struck by a car while walking on the sidewalk over the weekend in the Old North End of Burlington.
With the number of Burlington patrol officers down to 53 from a full roster of over 90, the Burlington City Council will decide tonight whether to approve a proposed police salary increase/retention bonus package meant to reverse the outflow of Burlington Police officers.
Regarding the weekend’s carnage, BPD published two press releases this morning providing basic details but no names or information about the causes of the crimes.
Sunday July 24, at about 11:37 pm, dispatchers from the Burlington Police Department received a 911 call about a bleeding male lying on the grassy area at the intersection Manhattan Drive and Rose St.. The intersection is located in the Old North End not far from the Northern Connector highway.
Officers arrived on scene as well as Burlington Fire Department to find a male with significant injuries. Based on the evidence on scene, it was determined a vehicle drove up and over the sidewalk at the intersection, striking the male who was walking on the sidewalk, and throwing him to the roadway. The vehicle immediately left the scene leaving the injured male in the roadway.
Burlington Fire Department transported the male to the University of Vermont Medical Center’s Emergency Department with serious non-life threatening injuries. Burlington Police Department is asking the public for help. If anyone heard or saw a vehicle leaving the area quickly is asked to call the Burlington Police Department.
About three hours later, at 2:20 AM Monday July 25, Burlington Police Department dispatchers received calls about gunshots at an apartment on North Winooski Avenue. Police responded and discovered one male, 27, and one female, 22, dead from gunshot wounds. A second female, 22, was seriously injured from multiple gunshot wounds and was removed to the hospital. Police recovered the AR-15 believed to have been used in the crime. Police currently believe that all involved persons are accounted for, and there is no additional danger to the public.
Police did not say whether the incidents are related. The firearms homicides are the second and third in Burlington this month.