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Drive-by shootings in Rutland

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RUTLAND, Vt. -
If you parked your car curbside in Rutland Tuesday night, you were a potential target. Like Stacy Ianni, who parks on her front lawn in the winter.

"It was the front drivers window. And I had to get to work so I had to drive without a window," said Stacy Ianni, one of the vandalism victims in Rutland. She already got the glass replaced. But she and her friends say they're sick of crime in the city. 

"It just seems like it's getting worse and worse down here you know. It's scary," explains Ianni. Across town, Alex Verway was woken up at 3am by police at her front door. Her car also got shot. She had left it parked on the street.

"Who knows what else they could do or why they were doing it. What if someone had been out here when they were shooting? What if they were drunk or on drugs and someone got in their way?" asked vandalism victim, Alex Verway.

But right now police say they have no motive or suspects. They're still busy taking reports. So far, about 75 cars, 12 homes, and even a few businesses, like Gil's Deli, have reported shattered windows.

"We're fairly confident that it was a pellet or BB-type gun that did it. We haven't recovered any of the projectiles, but in some of the windows that were still in tact, you can clearly see the small BB-sized hole in the glass," explained Sargent James Tarbell of Rutland City Police. 

Nothing was taken from any of the cars. Tarbell says it's possible the driver never actually stopped moving. "It appears to us that somebody was driving thru the city and just random acts of vandalism destroyed a bunch of windows," said Tarbell.

One gas station was also robbed Tuesday evening and there was an attempted break-in at another. But police say they aren't sure if either of those crimes are related to the pellet gun shootings. Police are asking any stores or homeowners who have surveillance video set up to please review the tapes from midnight to 6 a.m. and report any activity to police.

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