Burlington Police investigate Riverside Ave. shooting spree

Published: May. 23, 2023 at 10:34 AM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Authorities are investigating gunfire along a stretch of Riverside Ave. in Burlington that damaged buildings and punctured a gas line early Tuesday morning.

It happened just before 1 a.m. The Burlington Police say they received multiple calls about gunfire in the area. Responding officers found damage to buildings and also say one bullet punctured a gas line. Nearby residents were evacuated and streets were blocked off until Vermont Gas responded to fix the damage.

There were no reported injuries and no suspects have been identified.

Burlington Mayor Weinberger says when any arrests are made, those at fault may only be able to be charged with reckless endangerment--a misdemeanor -- that he says is not strong enough. “We have a lot of work to do in many different areas to beat back this scourge of gun violence. The police are going to do their roles to investigate this actively. We need the laws to be consistent with our abilities to hold people accountable for this as well,” he said.

The mayor says one of the bullets went into a home.

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