Police identify victim in Springfield, Vt., shooting

Published: 5/10/2022 10:51:10 PM
Modified: 5/10/2022 10:51:09 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. — Authorities identified a 53-year old Springfield man as the victim in a shooting on Monday afternoon that sent area institutions into lockdown while authorities investigated the scene.

Todd Amell, of Valley Street, was shot in the leg at about 2:30 p.m. and taken by ambulance to the hospital where he was treated and later released, Vermont State Police said in a news release.

Authorities described Monday’s shooting incident as “not random” and said it “involved individuals who are known to one another,” according to the news release.

The people who were detained during the initial stages of the investigation have been released, police said, and no one was in custody facing charges as of Tuesday afternoon.

Amell was also involved in a “citizen dispute” in February, Vermont State Police reported earlier this year, when a 21-year-old man allegedly smashed out a window, entered Amell’s residence on Valley Street and assaulted him with a metal shovel.

A “shelter in place” order was issued for Springfield schools following Monday’s shooting, which delayed bus runs and the release of students for parent pick up at the district’s elementary schools, Union Street Elementary School and Elm Hill School on Hoover Street. Springfield Hospital and Springfield Town Library also went into lockdown as precautionary measures.

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