Waterbury neighbors react to Saturday night shooting

Vermont State Police say the Waterbury shooting happened behind the Gulf gas station at 1 North Main Street.
Published: Jun. 19, 2022 at 7:56 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 20, 2022 at 6:43 AM EDT
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WATERBURY, Vt. (WCAX) - Vermont State Police are investigating a shooting in Waterbury Saturday night that injured one man.

It took place around 10:45 p.m. at 1 North Main Street. Police say three people were parked in a car in a parking area behind the Gulf gas station when three suspects approached the vehicle on foot and one of them shot James Eggleston, 20.

Officers say the New York man was treated at the hospital for a gunshot wound to the leg and was released.

Residents learning about the shooting say they’re surprised. “I’m shocked by it and sad, and I can feel the little hairs on the back of my neck come up,” said Peter Plagge, a nearby neighbor

“It’s not normal behavior around here in Waterbury,” added Brock Coderre of Waterbury.

“We have never heard of any gun incidents in this area,” said Brendan Shea of Waterbury.

Police say initial investigation indicates the shooting was an isolated incident and that there is no threat to the public. But some residents say it’s still concerning to learn about in their “busy but comfortable” neighborhood.

“We tend, I guess, to put it away and think it’s not going to happen to us but we all know these kind of things can,” said Plagge.

Some neighbors didn’t hear about the shooting until Sunday morning. “We had just shut off ‘Top Gun’ so we hadn’t heard anything, but yeah, surprised,” said Shea.

Police continue to search for the suspects.

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