A series of linked shootings occurred in Maine on Tuesday, resulting in the deaths of four individuals and the injury of three others. The tragic incidents took place in two separate locations, with the first occurring in Bowdoin and the second on Interstate 295 in Yarmouth, approximately 25 miles away. Authorities have taken one person into custody in connection with the crimes.
The four fatalities were discovered in a home in Bowdoin shortly before the subsequent shooting in Yarmouth, where three individuals were wounded in their vehicles on the busy highway.
Maine State Police confirmed the connection between the two incidents but did not immediately reveal any information about the suspect, their motive, or the circumstances of their apprehension.
The events led to a significant police presence in Yarmouth, with officers armed with rifles responding to the scene. Law enforcement personnel were seen inspecting a car with apparent bullet holes in its windshield at an off-ramp.
Eyewitnesses reported seeing one individual being placed in handcuffs.
Sagadahoc County Sheriff Joel Merry assured the public that there was no imminent threat at the time, and referred further inquiries to state police. Law enforcement vehicles and investigators were present at the Bowdoin crime scene, with yellow crime scene tape surrounding the affected home in a wooded area.
As a result of the shootings, authorities shut down the southbound lanes of I-295 in Yarmouth, causing a traffic backup. State, county, and local police canvassed the area, and a shelter-in-place order was issued for nearby businesses. The order was later lifted when police announced that there was no further threat.