The police in Burlington (Vt.) has arrested a suspect in Shooting of Three students of Palestinian descent that the city’s mayor said was being investigated as a possible hate crime.

The suspect, identified as Jason J. Eaton by the police, 48, is expected to appear in court on Monday in Connection with the Shooting of Three men, three students in Their 20s who are attending American universities. On Saturday, a man in his 20s with a gun shot and wounded them as they walked near the University. of VermontTwo police officers were present. Two of The victims were wearing Palestinian Kaffiyehs are a traditional headdress.

The young men informed their family that they spoke a hybrid of According to a spokeswoman for the family, the man had spoken in English and Arabic with them before he shot four times at them without saying anything.

Two-thirds of a million dollars of The victims were in The authorities reported that the third victim was in a stable condition. The third person suffered more severe injuries.

In a press release issued following the arrest, police stated that they had conducted a search. of Mr. Eaton’s residence, adding that the shooting occurred in Front of His apartment building.

The chief was unable to provide any other information, but earlier that day, he had stated that the incident occurred. of Jon Murad from the Burlington police said this. “In this charged moment, no one can look at this incident and not suspect that it may have been a hate-motivated crime.”

Mayor Miro Weinberger of Burlington is added in An earlier statement that suggested that the shooting may have been motivated in part by hatred was “chilling” The investigation focused on this.

Early Monday, it was not clear if Mr. Eaton was represented by a lawyer. Burlington Police said on Sunday that, other than the students being in Burlington, they were not involved. of Palestinian The two descents of The kaffiyeh was worn by them. “no additional information to suggest the suspect’s motive.”

M. Murad had earlier urged the public not to draw any conclusions.

The Burlington Police did not reveal the names of Two victims were cited but not the actual number. of The first two are American citizens, and the third one is a resident. The families of The men were identified in Hisham Ahmed, Kinnan Abdulhamid and Tahseen Ahmad are the three people who made this statement.

The Ramallah Friends School is a private institution in West Bank is said in a Facebook post All three men were students at the university. The three men are now juniors in college. Mr. Awartani attends Brown University while Mr. Abdalhamid studies at Haverford College in Pennsylvania and Mr. Ahmed, Trinity College in Connecticut.

The three of them were walking toward the house of Mr. Awartani’s grandmoYou can also find out more about the following:r for dinner, according to Marwan Awartani, a great-uncle and a former education minister of the Palestinian Authority. He said that the three took a picture together and sent it to Hisham’s parents minutes before they left for dinner.

Marwan Awartani said that the bullet which hit Hisham had touched his spinal column and that Hisham lost feeling. in The lower part of His body. On Sunday night, he remained in hospital. “expected to survive his injuries,” Christina H. Paxson is the president of the company, according to a recent statement. of Brown University

Mr. Ahmed was killed in The chest and Mr. Abdalhamid were minor injuries according to the statement of the families of The victims.

The families asked authorities to investigate as a hate-crime.

“Why would anyone shoot kids who were wearing Palestinian kaffiyeh?” Marwan Awartani said in Interview

Nikolas P. K. Kerest is the U.S. Attorney for the District of Vermont”, said in a statement that his office would work with the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division to determine if the shooting constituted a federal crime.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations has reported a massive increase in the number of people visiting its offices in Reports of Since Oct. 7, when Hamas attacked Israel, there has been a bias against Muslims or Arabs. The Anti-Defamation League claimed in late October There was also a significant increase in reported cases of The number of antisemitic incidents, including vandalism and violence against Jews has increased compared to last year.

“This has to stop,” Husam Zomlot is the head of You can also find out more about the following: Palestinian Mission to United Kingdom and a Friend of Families, they said in On Sunday, the boy was identified by a caller who pointed to him as the 6-year old who had been fatally stabbed in November. in Illinois in What authorities called an anti-Muslim assault.

The federal government has opened discrimination cases at half dozen universities this month after complaints of antisemitic and anti-Muslim harassment. The Biden administration launched the investigations as part of “efforts to take aggressive action to address the alarming nationwide rise in reports of antisemitism, anti-Muslim, anti-Arab and other forms of discrimination.”

The White House stated on Sunday that Biden received a briefing on the students’ situation and will continue to be updated.

Senators can now tweet on X. Bernie Sanders of Vermont said It was “deeply upsetting that three young Palestinians were shot here in Burlington, VT. Hate has no place here, or anywhere. I look forward to a full investigation.”

Livia Albeck Ripka Contributed Reporting