South Burlington police investigate shooting death at motel

South Burlington police were called to the Swiss Host Motel and Village on Williston Road for a report of gunfire Sunday.
Published: Oct. 3, 2022 at 5:59 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 3, 2022 at 9:51 AM EDT
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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Police are investigating whether homicides in South Burlington and Burlington that happened just hours apart are linked.

Monday morning, Vermont State Police arrived at the Swiss Host Motel and Village in South Burlington with their major crime unit.

Police say a man was fatally shot at the Williston Road motel Sunday night.

South Burlington police say they were called for a report of gunfire. Chief Shawn Burke says officers found a man shot to death around 11 p.m. His name has not been released.

“This homicide does not appear to be a random act; the parties involved were known to one another,” Burke said in an email to WCAX.

A neighbor told WCAX News he heard an argument outside and then gunshots.

South Burlington police are coordinating this investigation with Burlington police and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Burke says they’re investigating whether there is a connection to another homicide that occurred just hours earlier on Pine Street in Burlington.

While a WCAX News team was at the Swiss Host Motel, we saw officers speed off and end up on King Street in Burlington.

In the video we captured, you hear what we believe are bean bag rounds and officers shouting at someone to “get on the ground.”

We know someone was arrested and taken to the hospital, but we have not confirmed whether this arrest is related to the shooting death at the Swiss Host Motel.