Shots fired in Brewer Wednesday

Posted June 16, 2010, at 10:09 a.m.

BREWER, Maine — Windows at a site under renovation at the Wilson Square Shopping Plaza were found riddled with bullet holes Wednesday, and police are looking for information about who did the early morning shooting.

Police have determined that shots from a handgun or rifle were fired around 5:15 a.m., according to Brewer police Capt. Jason J. Moffitt.

“There were people working” in the building, he said. “Nobody was close enough to see anything, but they were close enough to hear a noise.”

No one was injured in what is believed to be a drive-by shooting.

“Based on evidence at the scene, detectives believe the shots were fired from a vehicle on Wilson Street,” Moffitt said. “It was not a BB gun or a pellet gun. It was a firearm.

“It’s too early to say at this point” if the weapon was a handgun or rifle, he said. “Evidence was recovered.”

An evidence technician from the Maine State Police is assisting Brewer officers, Moffitt said.

Six of the large windows that face outer Wilson Street, and some paneling, were damaged in the shooting and must be replaced, said David St. Germain, project manager for a medical clinic that is going into the 28,000-square-foot space.

The cost to replace the windows is “roughly $20,000,” he said. “That’s just a guesstimate. We have to take off all the molding to replace them. There were a couple of panels that were damaged and need to be replaced as well.”

The massive windows are part of the new clinic’s cafeteria area, he said.

Work crews continued to bustle around the project on Wednesday, working on the driveway overhang and inside the damaged building.

Most of the minimall building is being converted into the clinic, called the Brewer Medical Center, by Bangor-based Penobscot Community Health Care. The clinic is scheduled to open at the end of the month.

Brewer police got the call about a weapons discharge at the minimall, located beside the Wal-Mart Supercenter, at 5:36 a.m.

Detectives Anthony Pinette and Sgt. Jay Munson are leading the investigation.

“We’re hoping anybody who saw a suspicious vehicle, or any vehicle, in that area possibly slowing down” would call the department, Moffitt said.

Those who were in the area of outer Wilson Street or who have information about the shooting can call the Brewer Police Department at 989-7001.

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