BURLINGTON — Two men, including a member of a violent New York City gang, are dead in an apparent drug-related double homicide in Burlington’s Old North End. Khalif M. Jones, 27, of Burlington and Anthony R. Smith Jr., 26, of Vergennes were fatally shot at an apartment at 4 Decatur Street in Burlington about 9:15 p.m., authorities said. Both were shot in the head. Smith was dead at the scene and Jones died shortly before 11 p.m. at the UVM Medical Center, Police Chief Jon Murad said.The New York City Police Department listed Jones as an associate of the “CRIPS,” a criminal gang in New York City, according to the U.S. Marshals Service in Vermont, which was looking for him as a fugitive in December 2019. “A firearm was recovered with Mr. Jones. We believe that was the firearm used to kill Mr. Smith and the firearm that was used to kill Mr. Jones is not currently accounted for. Although we have found ballistics evidence indicating of more than one firearm at the scene,” Murad said.
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