2 injured after shooting in Etna home

Posted Feb. 09, 2010, at 7:24 p.m.

ETNA, Maine — Police are releasing few details about a double shooting in town late Monday, but they are saying those shot are no longer in the hospital.

Those close to the incident said Tuesday that it was a scary scene, especially since there was a young child in the trailer on Dalmatian Way where the shooting occurred and since one of the victims is pregnant.

“A young fellow came in with a bunch of stolen guns and was trying to sell them guns,” said Walter Gibbons Sr., who owns the trailer where his son, Walter Gibbons Jr., lives. The man, who is about 25, “got mad because they wouldn’t buy a gun, and he popped in a clip” and the gun went off, hitting a visiting male in the hand, the elder Gibbons said.

The bullet went through the man’s hand and struck the lower back of Gibbons Sr.’s granddaughter, who is around 22 years old, the elder Gibbons said.

Walter Gibbons Jr., who was in the trailer when the gun went off, said his niece is “in a lot of pain and we just found out she’s eight weeks pregnant. We’re keeping our fingers crossed. They said it was pretty close to being serious or fatal. It’s very scary.”

His niece thought she was pregnant and hospital staff verified that she indeed was, said Gibbons Jr., who also is chief of the volunteer Etna Fire Department.

“It was accidental,” Gibbons Jr. said, adding that he couldn’t say more because the case is under investigation.

“The sheriff’s office received a weapons discharge call from Dalmatian Way in Etna” at about 11:20 p.m. Monday, Troy Morton, Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department chief deputy, said Tuesday. “The Sheriff’s Department and Maine State Police troopers responded to the residence where they found two people who had re-ceived injuries.”

One handgun was involved in the incident, he said.

Both victims were taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for treatment of their injuries and were released early Tuesday, Morton said.

“Investigators asked us not to release their names,” he said. “We need to find out how this happened,” before releasing additional information.

As of late Tuesday, no charges had been filed.

There are three homes on Dalmatian Way, which is located off Route 2, just under a mile west of Route 143.

Gibbons Sr. said a 3-year-old girl also was in the trailer during the incident Monday night. The toddler was not injured, he said.

They could not have bought a gun, even if they wanted to, the elder Gibbons said of those in the trailer.

“They don’t have no money,” he said.

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