Police: 3 young children inside the home during Newport shooting

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NEWPORT — At a news conference this afternoon in Newport, State Police Capt. Scott Dunlap, commander of the Major Crime Unit, shared additional details regarding the early morning shooting on School Street.

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Police were notified of the shooting when Kim Brown, 48, of Newport, called 911 to report the incident.

She is the wife of Paul Brown and mother of victim Nicole Atkins.

The Browns resided full-time at the home on School Street.

Nicole Atkins and her husband, Kevin Atkins, stayed at the home on and off but listed their full-time residence as North Troy.

The Atkins’ three young children, ages 6, 5, and 2, also were in the home at the time of the shooting.

They were uninjured, as was Kim Brown.

Vermont State Police’s Crime Scene Search Team continues to process the home Monday evening and gather evidence.

Detectives say they are interviewing witnesses, neighbors, and anyone else who might have information.

During the press conference, acting Newport Police Chief Travis Bingham emphasized that resources are available for members of the public who are experiencing any type of crisis during the coronavirus pandemic, including mental health issues, domestic violence, or any trauma arising from Monday’s shooting.

He encouraged anyone in need of assistance to contact the police department or Vermont 211 to be connected to the relevant resources.

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