2006-11-17 / Community

Rockaway Man Is Shot In Vermont

By Brian Magoolaghan

A Rockaway teenager was shot on the streets of a Vermont city last Sunday and has been uncooperative with investigators who are trying to solve that area's first shooting in five years, according to news reports.

Kareem Dozier, 18, was shot once in his lower back last Sunday afternoon as he was walking on Cleveland Avenue on the west side of Rutland City, Vermont, according to the Rutland Herald.

Police responded and found Dozier bleeding from a single gunshot wound. The teenager was taken to Rutland Regional Medical Center and transferred to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vermont, where he was listed in stable condition.

Dozier told police that a black vehicle stopped near him and a man with a gun got out and fired at him as he ran away. Investigators haven't said much to reporters about what they've learned, but they did say they don't think the shooting was a random act and suspect that Dozier isn't telling them the whole story, according to a news broadcast on Vermont station WPTZ.

Dozier's aunt, Michele Dozier of Far Rockaway, said she wasn't "buddy-buddy" with her nephew, who had a troubled childhood, but she heard about the shooting from her brother, who is Dozier's father. Dozier had lived in Rockaway with his father in an apartment at Dayton Towers, she said. While the teen told police he was visiting friends in Vermont, his aunt said he was living in a group home there and may have run away. She said she didn't know how his father could be reached.

Rutland, Vermont is located about 250 miles north of New York City and is home to more than 17,000 people.

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