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2 arrested in Springfield shooting, baseball bat attack

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SPRINGFIELD, Vt. - Two men have been arrested in connection with Wednesday's shooting and baseball bat attack in Springfield.

Wednesday around 3:30 p.m. police were called to home on 47 summer Street in Springfield, Vt. for reports of shots fired. After a manhunt through downtown Springfield, police tracked down 26-year-old Leon Jiggets, of Newark, New Jersey, 34-year-old Jabbar Chandler, of Charlestown, New Hampshire and a 16-year-old juvenile. Jiggets and Chandler are now facing formal charges in what police say was a drug related incident.

When police arrived on scene they found 19-year-old Joesph Atkinson had been shot in the torso. Atkinson is undergoing treatment at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Timothy Carleton, 30, and Amanda Booker, 24, both of Springfield, were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

"We do believe that this was drug related. This incident occurred in an apartment. There were three people injured as you know," said Major Glenn Hall, from Vermont State Police.

All three victims survived, but Jiggetts, who police say shot Atkinson, is facing multiple charges, including attempted second degree murder and robbery. Chandler is facing an aggravated assault charge. The 16-year-old has not been formally been charged.

This is not Jiggett's first time in trouble with the law. Police reports reveal he is a habitual criminal.

"The individual, Leon Jiggetts, that was charged with the shooting, he is also facing drug charges based on an investigation by the Vermont Drug Task Force," said Major Hall.

But residents of Springfield say they are not surprised by Wednesday's incident. Katrina Nichols has lived in Springfield for 10 years, but she says, the place she once loved, has been over taken by drug crime.

"It's been awful, it used to be a really nice place that's why we moved here we liked it a lot, but a lot of businesses have closed down, there's no jobs here, then the prison came in and it kind of slowly went down the toilet," said Nichols.

Jiggetts will be arraigned Friday in Windsor County Criminal Court. Chandler is scheduled for Monday and again the police say the 16-year-old juvenile has not been formally charged.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Vermont State Police in Rockingham at 802-875-2112 or submit an anonymous tip at www.vtips.info.

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