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Two Leicester men shot in targeted attacked; one killed

LEICESTER— One man was killed and a second was injured in a shooting Sunday night in Leicester.

Police said the shooting was a targeted event directed at the victims, and there is no broader threat to the general public.

Vermont State Police responded after they received a 911 call reporting a disturbance on Route 7 at about 9:55 p.m. on June 4. Law enforcement officers discovered one man dead just north of Fern Lake Road and a second man suffering from gunshot injuries. The injured man was taken to the hospital.

Police did not identify the men, but a person in the neighborhood said the shooting took place at the Lanpher residence.

State police are investigating a report that a black Nissan sedan was seen leaving the area around the time of the shooting.

Today the Vermont State Police Crime Scene Search Team will process the scene of the crime, a property at 1352 Route 7. Police are continuing to seek a suspect or suspects tied to this incident, along with the black Nissan sedan.

The state police would like to speak to anyone who might have seen something suspicious or out of the ordinary between 9:30-10 p.m. Sunday near the location where the shooting occurred. Anyone with information should call the VSP New Haven barracks at 802-388-4919 or leave an anonymous tip online at

This investigation involves members of the Vermont State Police Major Crime Unit, Bureau of Criminal Investigations, Field Force Division and Victim Services Unit. Police departments from Brandon and Middlebury are providing assistance.

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