June 21, 2018
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Police searching for gunman after shots fired in Lewiston

Russ Dillingham | Sun Journal
Russ Dillingham | Sun Journal
Lewiston police officers look for evidence at River Valley Village in Lewiston Friday night where a reported shooting took place.
By Mark LaFlamme, Sun Journal

LEWISTON, Maine — Shots were fired at River Valley Village on Friday night, and the search is on for the gunman.

Residents said someone opened fire at about 5 p.m. in the area of 45 Tall Pines Drive, Apartment 10. Shell casings were scattered across the parking lot out front and residents clutched their children, wondering who the intended target might have been.

Nobody was hurt. Police were interviewing people in the apartments near where the shooting occurred.

Several residents pointed out that there are several young children and babies living in the apartment complex, formerly known as Tall Pines.

Witnesses reported seeing a pair of men drive up in a small, silver car before fleeing just moments after firing at the apartment house.

“I heard gunshots and I thought, ‘Oh God, what was that?'” said Kimberly Davenport, who lives on the other side of the parking lot. She was holding her 10-month-old son, who was awakened by the blasts and the subsequent commotion.

“I heard a lot of yelling,” she said. “Then my baby woke up and I had to go.”

Police cordoned off a corner of the parking lot as the investigation got under way. Several people were interviewed, and police in the area were told to be on the lookout for a silver Dodge Neon last seen speeding away from the area. The occupants were said to be armed and dangerous.

Amber O’Leary said the car pulled up at about 5 p.m. A pair of men got out and walked down the street.

“Within a couple seconds, I heard gunshots,” she said.

Moments later, the suspects ran back to the car and drove off.

By nightfall, police were still searching for suspects, and a detective was called to investigate. Police said they have leads pointing to the identities of the suspect, who remained at large late Friday.

The people who live near the shooting scene said they will have trouble sleeping, not knowing who fired the shots and whether they will return. Davenport held her son and watched the police gathering evidence.

“This,” she said, “will be interesting to put in his first-year scrapbook.”

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