Police investigate Canal Street shooting


Editor's Note: This story was updated at 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 5 to include direct quotes from Capt. Mark Carignan.

By Bob Audette

Brattleboro Reformer

BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred in the area of 149 Canal Street at 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday.

According to a press release from Capt. Mark Carignan, multiple rounds were fired in the direction of 149 Canal Street but no one was injured.

"Bullets entered several different apartment units at No. 149," wrote Carignan. "At least one bullet also passed through the building. Based on the trajectory of some bullets, police contacted nearby residents and businesses to insure no one had been injured."

Officers conducted interviews with witnesses, who told police they saw up to three suspects fleeing the area, two white men and one black man.

"Preliminary information suggests the perpetrators of this shooting likely targeted one of the apartments at 149 Canal St. Police have no indication that this was a random shooting or that there is an increased danger to the general public beyond this event," wrote Carignan.

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While the police department received detailed descriptions from witnesses of the suspects, Carignan told the Reformer he is not releasing any of that information at this time.

Upon arrival on the scene, officers secured the scene. During the investigation, shell casings, bullets and bullet fragments were seized as evidence.

"At this time police are not releasing information about the number of shots fired or the type or caliber of shells and bullets that were recovered," wrote Carignan in the press release.

Carignan told the Reformer that while the investigation is ongoing, there is a possibility that the shooting was drug related.

"Based on that possibility and other theories, there are groups of people that we are interviewing in regards to the shooting," he said.

Carignan also expressed concern about someone firing a gun in a public area such as this one.

"This is a very dangerous situation, when multiple shots are fired in quick succession from outside a building," said Carignan. "This is one of the more densely populated areas in Brattleboro with businesses, other apartments buildings and a daycare facility nearby. Also, this was relatively early in the night when there are lots of cars driving by. While our primary concern is the safety of the people inside the building, there is a huge potential for collateral injuries and property damages."

This is an active and ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Brattleboro police at 802-257-7950.

Bob Audette can be contacted at 802-254-2311, ext. 151, or raudette@reformer.com.


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