New Details Emerge on Essex Junction Shooting

Essex Junction, Vt. - Police say mental health issues could have led to Tuesday's shooting in Essex Junction.

Court documents show Patrick Perras, the man believed to be responsible for the shooting was not arraigned Wednesday following a mental health screening by the Howard Center.

Police received a 911 call from Perras around 5 p.m.. on Tuesday. He told dispatch he saw people bringing gasoline into the building, using tear gas and that he was being held hostage.Perras also said he was a retired 1st Sergeant from the United States Army.

Court documents show Perras then fired off 17 shots in his apartment, two of them hit neighboring apartments but there were no injuries. He was later taken into custody without further incident.

"Scary because you know you hear all of these other stories that happen and you go 'oh it can happen to you it can happen to us' and it happened to us last night it hit close to home and it is eye-opening... My daughter was worried about it but I assured her they got the gentleman, he'll be ok and the community will be ok," said Mark Thon who lives nearby.

Police do believe this stems from a mental health issue.

Perras is being held at the VA Hospital in White River Junction ahead of his arraignment Thursday morning.


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