An arrest has been made following a report of gun fire that closed Lime Kiln Road on Dec. 28.
Amrou Mohamed, 23, of South Burlington, surrendered at police headquarters shortly before 9 p.m. on Dec. 29 for his role in the shooting incident.
South Burlington Police Chief Shawn Burke stated in a press release issued on Dec. 30 that Mohamed is a resident of the residence in question. The investigation found that Mohamed discharged a .22 caliber rifle at random behind the house in the direction of a small wooded area that separates the home from a commercial district. At the time of the incident, Mohamed was on pretrial conditions of release stemming from a 2017 Sexual Assault arrest. Among the conditions set by the court in 2017 includes an order that Mohamed not “buy, have or use any firearms or dangerous/deadly weapons”.
South Burlington Police were called to the multi-unit residence on Lime Kiln Road near the intersection of Ethan Allen Drive for a report of gun shots at 1:18 p.m. on Dec. 28. Officers secured the scene and closed Lime Kiln Road to traffic. Officers were able to make contact with Mohamed, who they said was “likely responsible” for the gun fire and insured that no one was injured. Officers seized the residence as part of the investigation and interviewed witnesses. Lime Kiln Road was reopened and the investigation continued.
Burke said Mohamed’s motivation for shooting the .22 caliber rifle at random is still unknown. The investigation did not uncover any dispute or other situation leading up to the gun fire. Additionally, ballistic evidence at the scene suggests that the rifle was shot from an exterior door of the residence into a grouping of trees absent accuracy or any other intended target. Lastly, a handgun, holster, ammunition, and knives were seized from Mohamed’s home in addition to the .22 caliber rifle used.
Mohamed has a history of failure to appear for court proceedings, according to Burke. After he surrendered at police headquarters, Burke said Mohamed was taken into custody and later released on bail and additional court imposed conditions. He was arraigned on Dec. 31 to answer to the charge of Violation of Conditions of Release.