From early Thursday morning through early afternoon, the city of Rutland alone had 30 new reports of vandalism. Now bringing a total of over 100 incidents. The drive-by shootings began Wednesday night and the damage is across the entire Greater Rutland Area.
"Right now we are looking at in excess of 100 motor vehicles that have been damaged in the last 36 to 48 hours, several commercial buildings and a few residences," said Officer John Sly of the Rutland Police Department.
Officials still don't have potential suspects, but believe all the shootings are connected.
"At this particular point in time, the methodology behind all the vandalisms are uniquely similar. They do not appear to be specifically targeting any one person or commercial business. They do appear to be random," explained Sly.
Police are using automated license plate readers that collect and analyze traffic patterns for potential suspect vehicles. Sarah Laduke works at Gill's Delicatessen, and arrived to work only hours after the building was shot.
"It's scary to know that people have to be doing these things that could seriously hurt somebody," said Laduke. She continues, "it makes me sad and angry because there is really no need for it. It's just a waste of time, and a waste of peoples money and resources. It's just sad that somebody has to do that to waste their time. Hurts people that don't need it right now."
Although neither of the bullets shattered the glass, a new window will cost thousands of dollars to replace. And Gill's is like many others who will see a financial repercussion from the shooting. Local residents are facing a financial and emotional burden.
"It means more heartache. Times are tough as it is, and these guys got to be out here doing this," said Rutland resident, Steve Cushman.
The police believe the suspects are driving a light-colored vehicle and urge residents to contact authorities if they notice a car traveling at low speeds with windows down.
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