WMTW reported that police have arrested a person of interest believed to be linked with the deaths of four people in Bowdoin, Maine, and three others shot on a highway 25 miles away.
Reporters were told that Lt. Randall Keaten, of the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit, responded to a Bowdoin address and found four bodies in the house.
“Shortly afterward, at 10:30 [a.m.] there were reports of gunfire hitting several vehicles between mile marker 17 [on I-295 southbound] near Exit 15.”
Officials claim they have detained a person of interest and that the incidents in Bowdoin, Yarmouth, and other places are linked. There is currently no danger to the public.
The police did not explain how or why they suspect the crimes are linked.
One of the three people who were reportedly shot on Interstate 295 near Yarmouth while driving in their cars, is seriously injured. All three people were taken to hospital.
According to a Facebook post on the Town of Yarmouth page, police recovered a gun from the scene of a highway shooting.
WGME reporter Owen Kingley posted footage of an MSP Evidence Response Team vehicle outside the home at 1459 Augusta Road, Bowdoin, where four bodies had been found earlier that day.
BREAKING: Maine State Police confirm four people were found dead in a home in Bowdoin this morning. We are outside a very large police presence at 1459 Augusta Road. The incident in Bowdoin is connected to this morning’s highway shooting @WGME pic.twitter.com/ZbZheDkjpn
— Owen Kingsley (@OwenWGME) April 18, 2023
The bodies were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, located in Augusta, Maine, the capital city, for autopsies, according to investigators.
CBS News reported that Sagadahoc County Sheriff Joel Merry was confident there was no immediate threat to the public. Sheriff Merry’s deputy was helping in Bowdoin.
Yarmouth is a town of approximately 9,000 people located about 11,5 miles north of Portland on I-295. Bowdoin, a town of approximately 3,100 people located about 25 miles northeast of Yarmouth on the same interstate, is about 11.5 miles north of Portland.
Authorities encourage anyone with information on either the incident in the Bowdoin home or the shootings along I-295 to contact them at 207-624-7076.