BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Authorities are investigating a fatal shooting in Burlington’s Old North End Thursday night, the first homicide in the city in two years.
Police say the shooting happened on Luck Street near Intervale Avenue around 7:40 p.m. Burlington Police say 21-year-old Hussein Mubarak was shot in the head. He was rushed to the hospital but died from his injuries just before midnight.
Police say the investigation is still in the early stages and that they are currently following a few leads but do not have any suspects.
Nearby residents say they heard five shots followed by screams. “I immediately stood up and ran outside to see what was going on. Down on Luck Street, I saw somebody walking around and then I saw a white shirt and a body on the ground,” said Davis Williams, a neighbor.
Police say nobody is in custody and they are still working to determine a motive. Deputy Chief Wade Labrecque says the shooting was targeted but it’s unclear if it’s related to a series of others shootings involving rival groups. “At this moment we have nothing that points to that, other than we’re pretty certain that they at least knew each other in some sense,” he said.