A quiet evening near the University of Vermont campus was shattered by gunfire on Saturday, leaving three young Palestinian men injured in an incident that has rocked the local community.
The Incident: The shooting occurred just before 6:30 p.m. on North Prospect Street. Police Chief Jon Murad reported that two victims were found together, and a third was located nearby. The victims, Hisham Awartani, who studies at Brown University, Kinnan Abdel Hamid, who studies at Haverford University, and Tahseen Ahmed, who studies at Trinity college.
Awartani was reportedly shot in the back, Ahmed in the chest and Abdel Hamid sustained minor injuries.
Investigation Underway: As of late Saturday night, no suspect had been identified. The police have blocked off North Prospect Street between Loomis Street and Brookes Avenue and are conducting a thorough investigation. Crime scene tape and police activity were evident, with investigators taking photos and examining the area. As of yet there has been no confirmation as to whether or not this was a hate crime against Palestinians.
Community Response: The incident has caused a stir in the neighborhood, with many residents unaware of the details. Neighbors were seen returning to their normal activities, while some observed the investigation from their homes.
Ongoing Updates: The situation remains fluid, and the police are in the early stages of their investigation. Updates will be provided as more information becomes available.
A Call for Caution: Authorities are urging the public to avoid the area to facilitate the ongoing investigation.
A Community in Shock: This shooting has left the Burlington community in shock, particularly given its proximity to the university campus. The focus is now on the recovery of the victims and the pursuit of justice.