Police search for suspect in fatal Addison County shooting

Published: Jun. 5, 2023 at 11:50 AM EDT
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LEICESTER, Vt. (WCAX) - Police say a search is underway for the suspect involved in an Addison County shooting Sunday that left one person dead and another critically wounded.

It happened just before 10:00 p.m. Vermont State Police say a 911 call came in about a disturbance at a property at 1352 Route 7 in Leicester. When troopers arrived, they found one man dead from gunshot wounds and another critically injured. He was taken to Porter Hospital in Middlebury and then airlifted to the UVM Medical Center where he was critical but stable condition Monday morning listed in critical but stable condition Monday morning, according to police.

“There’s a lot of traffic going in and out of their driveway on a regular basis,” said Marianne Laroche, who lives near the scene. She says when she heard there was a shooting, she wasn’t shocked. “It’s always a surprise when somebody dies -- it’s horrible -- but they lived a little different lifestyle then I do.”

Police are searching for a suspect or suspects tied to this incident, along with a black Nissan sedan that was seen leaving the area after the shooting. Authorities say they believe the shooting was targeted and there is no broader threat to the general public.

“I am confident to say that there is no public danger. This was an incident that was really located to 1352 and a targeted event. Everybody knew everybody that was there,” said Vermont State Police Maj. Dan Trudeau.

Still, schools within the Otter Valley Unified Union School District were closed Monday including Otter Creek Academy, Otter Valley Middle/High School, Neshobe School, and the Lothrop Elementary School.