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Police investigate after bystander wounded in shooting

June 6, 2022 GMT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A shooting Sunday evening slightly wounded a bystander in a nearby yard, Burlington police said.

It was the 12th shooting incident in Burlington this year.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger called gunfire incidents “dangerous, illegal, and unacceptable.”

“The individuals who are putting themselves and the public at risk through these reckless shootings should be on notice that the City is doing everything in its power to hold them accountable,” he said in a statement.

Burlington police need action from other law enforcement agencies, the City Council, and state and federal lawmakers, Weinberger said.

Weinberger said that later this week he and acting Police Chief Jon Murad will outline steps to reduce the problem.

Police received reports of the shooting just before 7 p.m. Sunday near Roosevelt Park in the Vermont city’s Old North End.

The shooting happened in the street, and responding officers found someone in a yard nearby had been hit by shrapnel or other debris from the gunshots. The person was taken to the hospital out of an abundance of caution and later returned home in good condition.

Investigators recovered ballistics evidence and spoke with witnesses and neighbors. It is believed that rounds were fired in the vicinity of St Mary’s Street and Willow Street.