Mayor Naçoitan Leite of Ipor, a man without party affiliation, found himself in police custody on November 23 after he allegedly broke into his ex-wife's house, discharging 15 rounds of ammunition. Remarkably, his ex-wife and her current partner evaded harm by taking cover behind a wall, despite a glass door at the residence being utterly destroyed.
Flight and Capture
Post the shooting incident, Leite sought asylum in a hotel where he had taken up residence since the dissolution of his marriage. Notably, security footage from the hotel depicted Leite positioning firearms on the reception counter. The examination of the crime scene unveiled bullets of varying calibers, indicative of the employment of more than one weapon.
Health Scare and Legal Proceedings
Following his voluntary surrender to the police, Leite was hospitalized due to a health issue involving vomiting and diarrhea, with penitentiary officers closely monitoring him. Concurrent to these events, the City Council of Ipor has commenced an impeachment process against the mayor. However, the City Hall has refrained from making any statements concerning the situation.
Possible Hate Crime in Vermont
Meanwhile, in a disturbing incident in Vermont, three Palestinian-descendant college students found themselves at the receiving end of a close-range shooting, sustaining serious injuries. The shooter, identified as 48-year-old Jason J Eaton, was subsequently arrested and charged with three counts of attempted murder to which he pleaded not guilty. Interestingly, two of the victims were U.S. citizens, while the third was staying on a student visa. The possibility of this being a hate crime is currently being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice and Vermont authorities, amidst a rise in threats against Jewish, Muslim, and Arab communities across the U.S.