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Gov. Scott responds to increase in gun violence

Published: May. 10, 2022 at 11:38 PM EDT|Updated: May. 11, 2022 at 6:17 AM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Vermont has seen an uptick in gun violence, with some incidents being fatal, and that has Vermont Gov. Phil Scott responding.

Most recently, a shooting was reported Monday in Springfield. A man was shot in the leg and released from the hospital. Several people were taken into custody, but nobody has been charged.

Over the weekend, a car chase through Franklin County that involved gunfire ended in a homicide. Police say one man was chasing another man and his girlfriend, firing rounds. A bullet hit the man in the passenger seat. He later died.

And in Burlington, police recorded the city’s sixth gunfire incident this year.

Tuesday in Montpelier, we asked the governor for his thoughts on the matter.

“I’m obviously concerned when you see it so widespread. Seems they all revolve around illegal drug trafficking. So that’s a big concern,” said Scott, R-Vermont.

Officials say if you see something, call your local law enforcement.

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