Lamoine shooting victim arrested on drug charges

Posted March 23, 2012, at 12:27 p.m.
Joshua McKinney
Hancock County Jail
Joshua McKinney
Maine State Police search the grounds for evidence with a metal detector Monday, March 12, 2012, around the Lamoine, Maine home where four people were shot Sunday morning.
Maine State Police search the grounds for evidence with a metal detector Monday, March 12, 2012, around the Lamoine, Maine home where four people were shot Sunday morning.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A local man who suffered injuries that were not life threatening in a shooting this month in Lamoine has been arrested on unrelated charges, according to police.

Joshua McKinney, 25, was arrested early Friday after Ellsworth police stopped his vehicle and found drugs in the car.

Police say McKinney’s license has been suspended and that they arrested him on a charge of operating a motor vehicle after revocation. McKinney also had with him prescription drugs that he had not been prescribed, according to police reports, and so was charged with unlawful possession of drugs. The pills he had were Suboxone and Ritalin, police indicated.

McKinney was taken to Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth but was released later Friday morning on $750 unsecured bail, according to jail officials.

McKinney was one of four men who were shot early on the morning of March 11 outside a home in Lamoine. One of them, Lawrence “Randy” Sinclair, 32, of Ellsworth, was shot in the head and died later that day.

McKinney’s injuries from the shooting were not life-threatening, police have said.

Also shot were Michael Carter, 30, of Lamoine and Torrey Garland, 34, of Ellsworth. Carter, who lives at the home on Route 184 where the shootings occurred, suffered injuries that were not life threatening, but Garland was listed in critical condition at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor in the days after the shooting. Garland’s condition has since improved enough for state police detectives to interview him about the incident.

McCausland said police now are sorting through conflicting witness statements about what happened outside the home at 749 Douglas Highway, where Carter lives with 22-year-old Tacy Mullins.

Mullins, 22, and Jacob Sinclair, 24, of Ellsworth, were present at the house at the time of the shooting but were not injured. Mullins lives at the home with Carter and Sinclair is Randy Sinclair’s brother.

Police say they have recovered a weapon from the shooting scene but have declined to identify what kind of gun it is or who owns it. Police have not indicated who might have fired the gun or why four men men showed up at the house at 4:30 a.m. on a Sunday. No charges have been filed yet in the matter.

Stephen McCausland, spokesman for Maine Department of Public Safety, indicated Friday in an email that there are no new developments in the shooting case, which remains under investigation.

Follow BDN reporter Bill Trotter on Twitter at @billtrotter.

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