Police: Man injured by gunshot in White River Junction

By JOHN LIPPMAN

Valley News Staff Writer

Published: 11-17-2023 8:22 PM

HARTFORD — A 21-year-old man was shot in the chest during what police called a “confrontation” with another individual inside an apartment early Friday morning. Authorities said the victim was located outside and aided by emergency responders who took him to the hospital.

Neither the victim’s identity nor medical status were known Friday, but Hartford police characterized the incident as “isolated” and said there is no wider threat to public safety.

Police did not identify the person who fired the gun or say if charges were brought against the individual.

On Friday, a team of Vermont State Police crime scene investigators spent the day combing the scene around the apartment building at1407 Maple St., where the shooting occurred.

Yellow police tape had been strung to cordon off a section of the back yard. A dark, reddish-brown blotch — what appeared to be a blood stain — marked the surface of the parking lot near the street.

Hartford police said 911 was called by the victim at around 12:30 a.m. early Friday reporting that he had suffered a gunshot wound. The victim was found bleeding and transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

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At the scene, investigators recovered “various pieces of evidence,” including a 9mm handgun “which is believed to be the weapon involved in the assault, although this has not been definitively confirmed,” Hartford police reported in a news release on late Friday afternoon.

The operation involved “meticulously processing the scene for additional evidence and conducting a thorough canvas of the surrounding area,” said police, who were observed using their phones to video record the parking area and vehicles, one of which included a pickup truck whose bed was loaded with furniture and other items.

A Valley News photographer observed one of the state police investigators carrying a rifle-sized cardboard box with a Ruger logo, and a box of Winchester USA Valor ammunition on an evidence table set up outside the apartment building in the parking lot.

1407 Maple St. is a five-unit apartment building owned by Upper Valley property owner Mike Davidson. Davidson said on Friday that he had no information about the shooting but termed the incident “heartbreaking.”

Friday’s early morning shooting in Hartford is the latest incident of gun violence in the state.

Earlier in the week on Sunday, two men were shot in the head and killed at a Burlington residence, among three different incidents of gunfire that occurred within a 24-hour period. There were no fatalities in the other two incidents. although in one of them a man was shot in the foot.

Then on Tuesday, a man told police that two men got out of a van and shot at him multiple times — and missed — while he was walking his dog at night in Swanton, Vt.

Two men, a 23 year old from Swanton and 22 year old from St. Albans, later were arrested and charged in connection with the shooting.

The victim told police that one of the assailants had yelled and accused him of flashing the light from his headlamp in the direction of the vehicle.

Contact John Lippman at jlippman@vnews.com.