Vermont State Police and local departments continue to deal with shootings and other serious crimes, including a double shooting that occurred on Sunday in Leicester and another shooting in Burlington last week.
Double shooting over the weekend
In Sunday’s incident in Leicester, one man was killed and another taken to the hospital in critical condition. It’s being described by police as a targeted attack, meaning the general public is considered not at further risk.
The survivor was first treated at the Porter Medical Center in Middlebury, but was then taken by helicopter to the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, where he was considered in stable but critical condition.
A black Nissan sedan was seen leaving from around where the shooting occurred. The police are seeking any new information as they do not yet have any suspects in custody. Anyone who might have seen something suspicious or out of the ordinary between 9:30-10 p.m. Sunday near the location where the shooting occurred are urged to contact police.
On Tuesday, the identity of the two victims was released. Scott Lanpher, 35, was killed, and his 31-year-old brother, Larry Lanpher Jr., was injured. Both lived at the property where the incident occurred on Route 7.
Another shooting in Burlington
Last week there was another shooting in Burlington near Bank Street and South Winooski Avenue, this one involving shots fired and hitting a motorbike.
The department’s release states “a gas-powered bike was impacted by a bullet. The BPD is seeking the owner of the bike – the bike owner may be a victim/witness.”
A school shooting threat from outside the region
Vermont State Police are looking into a threatening phone call received at the Timson Hill Preschool in Newfane.
The report states, “The incident occurred at about 2:29 p.m. Friday, June 2, 2023, when an unknown caller made a threat of carrying out a shooting at the school. Troopers responded and found no indication of anything amiss.”
It adds that the state police remained at the school until all the parents had arrived to pick up the children. They pursued the threat and determined it to be a non-local number.
“The Windham County Sheriff’s Department responded to nearby schools to provide an additional police presence. Preliminary investigation indicates the call originated from outside the area, and that the threat was not credible,” the release states.
Hate crimes during Pride Month?
There have been instances of vandalism against LGBTQ-themed flags and other displays that the media are calling hate crimes. So far law enforcement has not been able to identify the perpetrators.
In an NBC interview with Dana Kaplan, a representative from the social justice advocacy group Outright Vermont, Kaplan said hate crimes against those in the LGBTQ community are on the rise.
“This is a tough moment, 2023 has been brutal,” Kaplan said. “We’ve seen an uptick across Vermont and certainly across the country in terms of targeted hate and messages that tell young people and queer and trans adults that who they are is not allowed to exist.”
The report continues that a pride flag was vandalized Friday morning. They also report that police are treating it as a bias incident.