Burlington police say 2 men arrested after downtown shootout were involved in previous gunfire incidents

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The man seen here is wanted on unspecified charges in connection with what police describe as a shootout in downtown Burlington. (Still image taken from surveillance video provided by Burlington Police)

Two men are in custody and another is wanted in connection with a shootout in downtown Burlington early Saturday.

Burlington Police say the three men were fighting at Simon’s Mobil on South Winooski Avenue when there was an exchange of gunfire. No injuries were reported,

Witnesses told police they saw three Black men flee in a truck, which officers determined had been involved in another disturbance earlier that evening.

Officers located and attempted to stop the truck, but the drivers tried to elude officers. Police said an occupant of the truck threw a handgun from the moving vehicle. The truck stopped behind 90 Pearl Street where officers detained two black males and a black female. Officers also found a bag containing a sizable amount crack cocaine.

Police said one of the men arrested had been a resident of a house on Plattsburg Avenue that was shot at last August while children slept inside. The other man was a shooting victim last September in an incident potentially related to gunfire incidents in late summer 2020.

Police said they are searching for a third suspect they described as a Black man dressed in a white zippered sweatshirt or jacket, a white T-shirt, dark shorts with a light-colored stripe down each side and white shoes.

The BPD is asking you to call (802) 658-2704 if you have any additional information about this case.

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