May 21, 2018
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Gorham boy, 14, still in hospital after being shot during arson attempt, police say

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

GORHAM, Maine — Police said they have determined a 14-year-old boy who tried to set fire to a home is not the person responsible for numerous arsons in town this spring.

The teenager, whose name is not being released by police because he is a juvenile, was shot by the homeowner Friday night, according to Gorham police Lt. Chris Sanborn.

The teen remains at Maine Medical Center in Portland with injuries that are not life-threatening, Sanborn said Monday afternoon.

The juvenile had attempted to burn the home, which received minor damage, according to Sanborn. The homeowner and a witness caught the suspect in the act and the suspect was shot as the pair detained him, the lieutenant said.

Six suspicious fires between March 27 and April 18 targeted vacant buildings in the northern end of Gorham. Sanborn said the home the teen was at Friday is on Mount View Drive, which is located in the southern end of town.

Police are not releasing the name of the homeowner and it’s unclear what the teen’s motive was in the attempted arson.

“It’s still too early in the investigation, and again, it’s an open investigation,” Sanborn said.

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