Police makes arrest in shooting of three Palestinian students in Vermont


Police has made an arrest in the shooting of three young men of Palestinian descent in Burlington, Vermont, which the authorities have claimed to possibly have a hate crime angle.

Jason Eaton, 48, has been taken into custody on Sunday afternoon after investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives encountered him during a canvass of the shooting location, according to police press release.

The evidence collected from searching Eaton’s apartment, which is near the shooting location, and the evidences collected through interviews, canvasses, and other investigations, led people to believe Eaton was the shooter.


The suspect has pleaded not guilty to three counts of second-degree murder during an arraignment before Judge A. Gregory Rainville in a courtroom in Vermont on Monday. He is held without bail and is being represented by a public defender.

The three 20-year-old students, Hisham Awartani, Kinnan Abdalhamid, and Tahseen Aliahmad were shot at around 6.25 pm on Saturday while visiting one of the victim’s family on the occasion of Thanksgiving.