May 24, 2018
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State police still in Lamoine investigating quadruple shooting

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

LAMOINE, Maine — Why four Ellsworth men showed up at 749 Douglas Highway early Sunday morning and what led to three of them and one of the home’s occupants being shot — one fatally — are questions Maine State Police investigators are still trying to answer.

“The entire incident remains under state police investigation and no further details are being disclosed, until we are much further along in the case,” spokesman Stephen McCausland said Wednesday.

What police are saying is that Lawrence “Randy” Sinclair, 32, his brother Jacob Sinclair, 24, Torrey Garland, 34, and Joshua McKinney, 25, arrived at the Hancock County home of Michael Carter, 30, and Tacy Mullins, 22, at around 4:30 a.m. Sunday.

Randy Sinclair was mortally shot in the head with a gun and died later that day at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. His friends, Garland and McKinney, along with Carter, also were shot and wounded during the incident.

One gun was collected as evidence, but police are not saying what type of weapon it is or whether it was the only weapon used, McCausland said.

Garland and Carter also were taken to EMMC, where Garland has been listed in critical condition since Monday, the Maine State Police spokesman said. No information is available about Carter, a hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday.

McKinney was treated at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth and later released, a hospital representative said Wednesday.

Jacob Sinclair and Mullins were not injured in the quadruple shooting on Douglas Highway, the local name for Route 184. The dead man’s brother has indicated the Ellsworth group went to Lamoine to resolve some sort of dispute.

The home is owned by Mullins’ mother, Juanita Mullins.

No arrests have been made and no charges have been filed in the ongoing investigation, McCausland said, adding that detectives still are trying to reconstruct the sequence of events that led to the fatal shooting.

Carter, Garland, and the Sinclair brothers all have prior criminal convictions but Mullins and McKinney do not, according to the Maine State Bureau of Identification.

Garland has an unlawful possession of scheduled drugs conviction and Carter has a drug trafficking conviction on his record, along with at least eight convictions for other crimes, according to the state agency’s records.

Jacob Sinclair was convicted in 2008 of disorderly conduct and Randy Sinclair was convicted of assault in 2002, the state background checks show.

Randy Sinclair, who was involved in a car crash on Route 1A in Holden the day before he died, also spent time behind bars for breaking into the Ellsworth Post Office in 2001, according to federal court documents.

Police investigators, working inside and outside the small wooden house where the shootings happened, remained at the scene on Wednesday, a neighbor said.

“We have not drawn any conclusions in and around the shooting,” Lt. Christopher Coleman, who leads the state police Major Crimes Unit for northern Maine, said Monday during a press conference. “Our goal is to get to the bottom of who shot who.”

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