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Shooting in Georgia leaves one dead, another hospitalized

By Daniel Schwartz, VTDigger

One man is dead and another has been transported to a hospital following a suspected shooting Monday, Jan. 2, on Georgia Mountain Road in Georgia, according to a Vermont State Police press release.
Police are investigating what they say appears to be a homicide. Detectives say an initial probe indicates that the two men were driving a Kenworth truck with a trailer attached. The truck was stopped at 732 Georgia Mountain Road when the shooting occurred, police said.
Ethan Gratton, 26, who lives at the residence allegedly had a confrontation with the two men in the truck. Gratton has been arrested in the shooting of two men in Georgia.
State police received a 911 call at 1:50 p.m. Monday regarding a possible shooting. When they arrived at the scene, officers found the two men lying in the road near a bridge that crossed the Lamoille River.
Gratton has been taken into custody by the Vermont State Police and was lodged for lack of $100,000 bail. He was arraigned Tuesday morning, Jan. 3. He is facing charges of second degree murder and attempted second degree murder.
The shooting victims have been identified as Mark Brito, 27, of Fairfax who was transported to Northwest Regional Medical Center in St. Albans and then transferred to the University of Vermont Medical Center where he is being treated for life threatening injuries, police say.
David Hill, 57, of Fairfax, was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound.
State police say the events that led to the incident are not clear.

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