Police investigating shooting in University Mall parking lot

Published: Nov. 1, 2021 at 1:24 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 1, 2021 at 6:44 PM EDT
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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - South Burlington Police now know the parties involved following a shooting at the University Mall in South Burlington. They are not releasing any names at this time.

The shooting took place in the parking lot behind the mall, temporarily closed the shopping center Monday afternoon.

At about 1 p.m., police got a report of a shooting behind the now-closed Sears store.

Police stress it did not occur in the mall and was not an active shooter situation.

They say a dispute between two men who knew each other led to the shooting and neither man was injured. And they say the suspect is still at large.

Monday afternoon, police were behind the closed Sears for more than two hours looking for evidence.

Police are investigating reports of shots fired outside the University Mall in South Burlington.
Police are investigating reports of shots fired outside the University Mall in South Burlington.(WCAX)

Here’s what South Burlington Police Chief Shawn Burke told WCAX News shortly after officers arrived on the scene.

“We were dispatched here about 15 minutes ago to two males involved in a dispute one of which apparently reportedly displayed a handgun and fired shots at another. At this stage, this is not an active shooter, did not involve a shooting in the confines of the mall, rather in the parking lot where you see us operating,” Burke said.

The mall was closed for more than an hour but most of the stores have since reopened.

Police say they will be working to find video evidence of the incident.

Anyone who witnessed the shooting or has information about it is asked to call South Burlington Police at 802-846-4111.

Police are investigating reports of shots fired outside the University Mall in South Burlington.
Police are investigating reports of shots fired outside the University Mall in South Burlington.(WCAX)

“I don’t know. Lately, it seems to be a lot of shootings around. I don’t understand if it’s a drug problem or what it is but it’s not like it used to be back in the day,” said Fred Dusablon of Burlington.

This is the second shooting on mall property this year. Back in February, one person was injured after a man fired a gun inside the mall.

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