In Burlington, Vermont, three college students of Palestinian descent were shot while heading to dinner on Saturday night, leading to the arrest of the Suspect , Jason J. Eaton, 48, who is expected to be arraigned on Monday.
Wilter John | 11/27
BREAKING: Three Palestinian students were injured on their way to family dinner after a shooting incident in Burlington, Vermont.
The police are investigating the incident as a potential hate crime. The victims, Hisham Awartani, Kinnan Abdalhamid, and Tahseen Ahmed, all in their 20s, were walking near the University of Vermont when the attack occurred.
The shooter, a white man, targeted them without uttering any words, according to a family spokeswoman. Two victims are in stable condition, while the third sustained more serious injuries.
The police conducted a search at Eaton’s residence, indicating the shooting took place in front of his apartment building.
Mayor Miro Weinberger expressed concern about a potential hate motive, emphasizing the ongoing investigation. Eaton is set to face charges related to the shooting.
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The families of the victims urged authorities to investigate the shooting as a hate crime.
The victims, all students of Palestinian descent, were identified as Hisham Awartani, Kinnan Abdalhamid, and Tahseen Ahmed.
They were former students at the Ramallah Friends School in the West Bank and are now attending universities in the United States.
The incident adds to concerns about rising hate crimes, prompting federal investigations at universities following complaints of anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic harassment.
The Biden administration aims to address the nationwide increase in reports of discrimination.
President Biden has been briefed on the incident, with Senator Bernie Sanders expressing concern over the shooting of three young Palestinians in Burlington and calling for a thorough investigation.
Mr. Ahmed was shot in the chest, and Mr. Abdalhamid had minor injuries, according to a statement from the families of the victims.
The families urged authorities to investigate the shooting as a hate crime.
“Why would anyone shoot kids who were wearing Palestinian kaffiyeh?” Marwan Awartani said in an interview.