Man charged with shooting two in Killington apartment
By Brent Curtis
KILLINGTON – A man charged with shooting and injuring two people in a Killington Road apartment will answer to four criminal charges Monday, according to Vermont State Police.
Justin Bitar, 28, who lives at 2841 Killington Road where the shooting took place, will answer to two counts of aggravated assault and a charge of using a firearm in the commission of a crime – all felonies. Bitar was also charged with a misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment. Vermont State Police said he is jailed on $25,000 bail.
State Police Detective Lt. Kevin Lane said troopers were called to an apartment above the Outback restaurant at about 4:45 a.m. for a reported shooting.
Two people, Matt Dunn, 25, and Jessica Martome, 25, were taken to Rutland Regional Medical Center for gunshot wounds to their legs.
By this afternoon, Dunn had been released from the hospital but Lane remained a patient there. A hospital spokeswoman said at 4:30 p.m. that Martome was listed in good condition.
Bitar lived in the apartment where the shooting took place along with Dunn and Martome, he said. Lane said he couldn’t discuss the details of the case but he said the shooting occurred after an altercation earlier in the evening.
Lane said one of Bitar’s friends, Karl Albert, 44, was charged with simple assault against Dunn during the earlier incident but the detective said Albert wasn’t present when the shooting took place. Albert was issued a citation to appear in court April 28.
Lane said two shots were fired during the incident and he said police have recovered the firearm.
A Vermont forensic crime team was at the apartment this afternoon, he said, and police have applied for a search warrant for the address.
The Herald will post additional details as they are received. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Vermont State Police at 773-9101.