By MIKE DONOGHUE
Islander Staff Writer
ALBURGH -- The deaths of two Alburgh men following a wild shootout outside a home on Cameron Drive have both been ruled homicides by Vermont's Chief Medical Examiner and Vermont State Police.
David Mohamed, 51, died from multiple gunshot wounds to the torso, while Larry P. Cameron, 41, died from a single gunshot wound to the torso, according to the autopsies conducted on Monday.
Cameron’s cousin, Devin Cameron, 27, of Alburgh remains in critical condition at the University of Vermont Medical Center after being struck by multiple gunshots, including critical injuries to his arm.
The triple shooting happened outside Larry Cameron’s residence and was the culmination of feud that had simmered for about a week on who had the right to hunt on land in North Hero owned by an out-of-stater.
It reached a boiling point on Saturday evening and ended with shots flying shortly before 10 p.m. on the private single-lane dead end road.
Friends of the three men had told The Islander that there had been some public feuding and threats on social media leading up to the shooting.
State police also confirmed that shortly before the shooting a fistfight between Devin Cameron and David Mohamed had happened at Dillenback Bay fishing access in Alburgh.
Mohamed got the losing end of that fight and the two Camerons left the access, according to police.
Police said Mohamed then drove to Larry Cameron's home in an apparent search to continue the dispute. He was accompanied by two friends -- a 23-year-old man and 25-year-old man, both from North Hero -- in a separate vehicle.
State police outlined the shooting in the following way:
"Investigators learned Larry Cameron then came out of the garage area of his home carrying a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun and fired multiple shots into the air in an effort to prompt Mohamed to leave. By this time, Devin Cameron, who was unarmed, had joined Larry Cameron beside the driver’s door of Mohamed’s pickup truck while Mohamed remained seated inside," police said.
"Mohamed then brandished a .308 rifle. A struggle ensued over the rifle, and there was an exchange of gunfire from the armed men. Mohamed was struck multiple times by rounds from the handgun. Larry Cameron was struck once by a rifle round. Devin Cameron sustained multiple gunshot wounds," police said.
State police said the investigation is continuing and that when completed they will ask Grand Isle County State’s Attorney Doug DiSabito to determine whether to file any charges on the shooting or any events leading up to it.
DiSabito, who arrived at the scene shortly after the shooting, has worked with police over the past 3 days.
Law enforcement got involved when 911 calls about the shooting began shortly before 10 p.m. The U.S. Border Patrol due to the agency's close proximity, was the first with officers at the scene about 10:17 p.m. The Border Patrol eventually secured the site and offered first aid to the wounded and by 10:21 Alburgh Rescue was cleared to come down the road.
State troopers arrived at 10:25 p.m. and began the investigation. It was about 10:45 p.m. before Alburgh Rescue was able to leave the scene with Devin Cameron.
Missisquoi Valley Rescue and Grand Isle Rescue also responded.
The Islander will update this story for the print edition.
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