Burlington, VT — A 32-year-old Philadelphia man was shot to death early Sunday in Burlington’s City Hall Park in what police say was a targeted attack.
Police say Bryan C. Rogers II, was shot in the head shortly after 12:30 a.m. It is the third homicide in Burlington this year and the 23rd shooting incident.
Acting Chief Jon Murad said the park was largely empty at the time, while police resources were focused on Church Street and Main Street.
“We have a victim who was murdered in what we believe was a very specific and very directed attack,” Murad said. “We’re hopeful to be able to identify a suspect soon.”
Murad said state troopers were patrolling downtown, providing an additional police presence during a three-day weekend. Officers from UVM and South Burlington also responded.
“We ended up creating all of City Hall Park as a crime scene, and to control a perimeter that large takes effort and takes resources,” Murad said.
Murad says Burlington Police are looking at security camera footage and interviewing witnesses. Rogers had recently moved to the Burlington area and had a history of police involvements in Pennsylvania, Murad said.