A Brooklyn man has been charged in connection with the Hyde Street shooting that happened in Burlington Wednesday night.
The United States Attorney for the District of Vermont says Quincy Alexander, 28, was charged Friday in a two-count complaint filed in federal court. The charges are for being a felon in possession of a firearm and for possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
Alexander is schedule to appear in federal court Friday at 4 p.m.
Police say Wednesday, shots were fired from a vehicle into residences at 31 Hyde St. No one was injured, but residents were home at the time of the incident.
According to the affidavit, Burlington Police officers approached Alexander Thursday as he was sitting in a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle involved in the shooting.
After a trained narcotics dog alerted to the presence of narcotics, law enforcement, working with the Office of the Chittenden County State's Attorney, obtained a search warrant for the vehicle from the Chittenden County Superior Court. The search located two firearms, a 9 mm pistol and a .38 caliber revolver, and approximately 80 grams of crack cocaine packed for further distribution.
During the investigation of the shooting, police recovered 9 mm bullets within residences that had entered the premises through the exterior of the building.
A records check also indicated Alexander also had two prior felony convictions for Grand Larceny from New York, prohibiting him from possessing a firearm.
Shortly after his arrest, Alexander complained of chest pains and was taken by Burlington Police to the Emergency Department at University of Vermont Medical Center for treatment. He attempted to escape, fleeing his examination room, but was re-apprehended by Burlington Police officers before he could leave the facility.
If convicted, Alexander could face up to ten years in prison for his possession of a firearm as a felon, and up to twenty years for his possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.
"The combination of drugs and guns is a lethal one that has no place in the Burlington community," said United States Attorney Eric Miller.
"We will not tolerate gun violence in Burlington and our response to it will always be relentless," said Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo.
The Office of the Federal Public Defender represents Alexander.
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