Police arrest suspect in the shooting of three men, a suspect in the killing of three young men of Palestinian heritage who were attending a Thanksgiving holiday celebration near the University of Vermont campus has been detained, according to police.
Police Arrest Suspect in the Shooting of Three Men
On March 11, 2020, a sign on the University of Vermont campus in Burlington, Vermont, is visible. Police say three young men of Palestinian heritage were shot and injured near the University of Vermont campus while attending a Thanksgiving holiday celebration. Police are looking for the perpetrator after three people were shot late Saturday night, November 25, 2023, in Burlington.
A suspect in the killing of three young men of Palestinian heritage who were attending a Thanksgiving holiday celebration near the University of Vermont campus Saturday evening has been apprehended.
The Burlington Police Department said in a statement that agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives detained Jason J. Eaton, 48, at 3:38 p.m. Sunday while conducting a search of the shooting location.
During a search of Eaton’s flat in a building near the shooting spot, authorities gathered evidence. According to police, he will be arraigned on Monday. Authorities earlier stated that the incident that injured three males at 6:25 p.m. Saturday could have been a hate crime.
Two of the males were in stable condition, while the third had “much more serious injuries,” according to Burlington Police Chief Jon Murad in a statement Sunday. The three, all 20, were walking during a visit to one of the victim’s relatives’ home when they were confronted by a white man armed with a revolver, according to authorities.
“Without talking, he discharged at least four shots from the pistol and is believed to have fled,” Murad went on to say. “All three victims were struck, two in their torsos and one in the lower extremities.”
All of the victims are of Palestinian heritage. Two are citizens of the United States, and the third is a legal resident. Murad stated that two of the males were wearing black-and-white Palestinian keffiyeh scarves. Murad is set to be joined by Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger at a press conference on Monday to discuss the probe.
Murad, who extended his condolences to the victims and their families, stated that there is no new evidence to establish a motive. “At this charged juncture, no one can look at this incident and not suspect it was a hate-motivated crime.” And I’ve already contacted federal investigative and prosecutorial counterparts to prepare for it if it’s proven,” he said.
“The fact is that we don’t yet know as much as we want to right now,” he said. “But I urge the public to avoid making conclusions based on statements from uninvolved parties who know even less.”
According to the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, the victims were Palestinian American college students, and there is “reason to believe this shooting occurred because the victims are Arab.”
According to the committee’s statement, a guy screamed and tormented the victims, who were chatting in Arabic, before shooting them.
The FBI in Albany, New York, issued a statement late Sunday on X, previously Twitter, claiming the bureau is working with the Burlington Police Department, the ATF, and other federal, state, and local agencies to investigate the shooting.
The White House said President Joe Biden had been briefed on the shooting and would continue to receive updates from law enforcement. The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued a statement offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest or conviction of the shooter or shooters.
A message allegedly from the relatives of the victims was placed on X by the Institute for Middle East Understanding.The statement said, “We are deeply concerned for our children’s safety and wellbeing.” “We urge law enforcement to look into this thoroughly and to consider it a hate crime.
We won’t feel at ease until the gunman is apprehended.” The three young men were alumni of the West Bank-based private school, according to a Facebook statement from Ramallah Friends School.
The school stated, “We hold them in the light and are relieved that they are alive, but we are uncertain about their condition.” “At this difficult time, we stand together in hope and support for their well-being.”
U.S. House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries urged people to “unequivocally denounce the startling rise of anti-Arab hate and Islamophobia in America” in response to the killing.
“No one should ever be targeted for their ethnicity or religious affiliation in our country,” the New York Democrat said in a statement posted on X. “We will not let hatred win.”
Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders also condemned the shooting. “Three young Palestinians were shot here in Burlington, Vermont, which is shocking and deeply upsetting.” Hatred has no place in this world, or anywhere. Sanders stated in a statement, “I look forward to a thorough investigation.”
Gov. Phil Scott called the shooting a tragedy, urging locals to band together and “not let this incident incite more hate or divisiveness.” The Vermont-New Hampshire chapter of Jewish Voice For Peace, which has advocated for an end to the Israel-Hamas conflict, issued a statement stating it was “appalled by the shooting.”
“We stand in solidarity with the students, their families, and all those affected by this blatant act of hatred,” the organisation said on Sunday. “We are in solidarity with all Palestinian people in occupied Palestine, around the world, and here in Vermont — and we are committed to creating a Vermont that is safe and welcoming for all.”
The American Jewish Committee, a global advocacy organisation for Jews, said it was “horrified” by the incident and encouraged “law enforcement to investigate this act as a possible hate crime.”
An Illinois landlord was charged with a hate crime last month after allegedly fatally killing a 6-year-old Muslim kid and critically injuring his mother in Chicago. According to police and relatives, he targeted the victims because of their faith.
Exhibitions have been commonplace, and tensions in the United States have risen as the death toll in the Israel-Hamas conflict climbs. The Israeli-Hamas cease-fire was re-established on Sunday after the militants released further captives and Israel released 39 Palestinian inmates. It was the third exchange of fire under a four-day truce agreement.