Canaan shooting victim still hospitalized

Posted Nov. 10, 2009, at 7:29 p.m.

CANAAN, Maine — The investigation into the shooting of a man outside a motorcycle club in Canaan on Oct. 8 continues, though investigators remain tight-lipped about what they think happened or whether they have any suspects.

“We still are sorting through information, doing interviews and reaching out to people,” said Lt. Gary Wright of the Maine State Police Criminal Investigative Division. “We won’t talk about any suspects we have.”

Gary Watson, 63, who was shot while seated in his pickup truck outside a Hell’s Angels motorcycle club on Route 23, remains hospitalized with “very serious” injuries, according to Wright. Watson’s condition is so serious that investigators have maintained a hands-off approach in questioning him.

“Anytime someone is injured, the recovery takes time,” said Wright. “We want to push forward with some stuff but we’re limited by our ability to interact with the victim.”

A neighbor of the motorcycle club told the Bangor Daily News that Watson had been shot in the neck and that multiple bullet holes were visible in the back window and side-view mirror of his truck.

Early in the investigation, Wright told the Bangor Daily News that one scenario being investigated is whether another motorcycle gang might have been involved in the shooting. Watson was a member of the Hell’s Angels club outside of which he was shot. The motorcycle gang theory is still under consideration, said Wright, though it’s not necessarily the only theory.

“We’re certainly in no position to rule that out at this time,” said Wright.

Asked whether witnesses have been cooperative in the investigation, Wright declined to comment other than to say that it’s common for people to be reluctant to talk to investigators. “That’s nothing new to us,” he said.

Wright appealed to the public to provide new information or tips.

“We certainly want to hear from anyone who has any pertinent information they haven’t brought forward,” said Wright.

Anyone with information should call the Maine State Police at 800-452-4664.

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