BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) A woman was critically wounded early Monday morning in a Burlington shooting. The man who police say pulled the trigger was in court Monday afternoon.
Police say Rashad Nashid, 37, of Burlington, opened fire on Main Street just as bars were closing around 2 a.m. Monday.
Cameras are not allowed in federal court but our Connor Cyrus was in the courtroom when Nashid was brought before a federal judge. Prosecutors have not charged him in connection with the shooting-- yet. But they are keeping him locked up for having a gun. As a convicted felon, Nashid is not legally allowed to have a gun.
Police say Nashid was aiming at someone with whom he has a history, and he was allegedly shooting at that man. But instead, he hit an innocent bystander.
The incident left people we spoke with shocked and concerned situations like this continue to happen in Vermont.
"It's shocking, the increased violence in this city is very discouraging," said Keith Longmore of Burlington.
That violence erupted at about 2 a.m. Monday as people left Nectar's. Witnesses say Nashid fired two shots into a crowd of people on the sidewalk of Main Street. One of those shots hit a 26-year-old woman who police say was an innocent bystander.
People we spoke with called the incident frightening.
"It's getting out of hand, it seems there is just so much more violence in Vermont," said Stephanie Bleau of Colchester.
"Initially, just a lot of shock. I grew up in this neighborhood and I have a lot of family in this neighborhood," said Julien Tornillo of Burlington.
Police say Nashid was drunk. And he wasn't supposed to have a gun because he's a convicted felon. He's also facing drug charges in the Queen City in connection with a woman's overdose death last September.
People we spoke with say this is something you'd see in a big city, not in Vermont.
"I have lived in places like New York, Brooklyn where there is always something in the back of your mind that could happen," Tornillo said.
"Don't live here because you are going to make tons of money or because the weather is great, you live here because it has a certain aesthetic about it. It's nurturing and soothing, and to hear these kinds of disruptions is very, very, very sobering," Longmore said.
Nectar's released a statement that said, "We are doing everything we can to assist the Burlington Police Department with their ongoing investigation surrounding the horrific incident on Main Street last night."
As for the condition of the victim, we are told she is in critical condition.
Anyone who witnessed the shooting is asked to call Burlington Police at 802-540-2329.