Autopsy confirms Newport Town shooting victim as Hartford resident

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NEWPORT — The victim of this weekend’s fatal shooting in Newport Town has been identified following an autopsy conducted on Monday.

The deceased has been named as Wilmer Rodriguez, 27, originally from Hartford, Connecticut. The Chief Medical Examiner’s Office has concluded that Rodriguez died due to multiple gunshot wounds, officially classifying his death as a homicide.

Vermont State Police completed their forensic processing at the Farrar Road crime scene and released the location earlier on Monday. Preliminary findings from the ongoing investigation suggest that Rodriguez’s shooting was not a random act, but rather a targeted incident. As of now, no suspects have been taken into custody.

VSP is urging the public to assist in the investigation. Anyone with potential information or leads is encouraged to reach out to the Derby Barracks at 802-334-8881.

In connection with this case, the Vermont State Police extended gratitude to Homeland Security Investigations for their collaborative efforts.

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Further details remain limited at this stage.

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