Vermont State Police investigate drug-related shooting death in St. Johnsbury

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ST. JOHNSBURY — Vermont State Police are actively investigating a suspicious death following a reported shooting in St. Johnsbury that took place Monday night.

Detectives have spent Tuesday interviewing witnesses and canvassing the area surrounding the apartment house where the incident occurred.

The Crime Scene Search Team is currently examining the scene for evidence.

As of now, the victim has not been identified, and no arrests have been made.

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday, May 15, at a facility in Burlington to determine the cause of death.

According to preliminary findings, the shooting appears to be drug-related, and detectives believe the apartment was specifically targeted.

Witnesses have told police a masked individual forcefully entered an upstairs apartment, leading to a confrontation with the residents.

Neighbors reported hearing several gunshots during the incident.

Upon arrival, officers from the St. Johnsbury Police Department discovered a masked man deceased at the bottom of an interior staircase.

The location of the shooting is known to local law enforcement, with police responding to various calls at the residence in the past year.

Authorities are urging anyone with information that could aid the investigation to contact the St. Johnsbury Barracks at 802-748-3111.

Anonymous tips can also be submitted online at https://vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.

The Vermont State Police will release further details as they become available and the investigation continues.

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