Assailant shoots Lebanon homeowner, flees in victim’s vehicle; victim seriously wounded

Posted Jan. 08, 2013, at 5:11 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 08, 2013, at 9:19 p.m.

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LEBANON, Maine — A male homeowner was shot by an unknown assailant and rushed to the hospital after his wife came home and found him seriously wounded early Tuesday afternoon, a Maine State Police spokesman said.

The resident of 11 Second St. suffered a serious gunshot wound at his home and the unknown assailant left by stealing the man’s vehicle, said Stephen McCausland of the Maine Department of Public Safety.

“The shooting occurred around noon inside the home,” McCausland said early Tuesday evening. “It involved a homeowner whose black Ford Explorer was stolen afterward.”

McCausland identified the victim as 41-year-old Richard Potorski. He said Potorski suffered a bullet wound to his right shoulder and was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Maine Medical Center, which listed him in serious condition Tuesday night.

“He’s expected to live,” McCausland said.

Potorski has been able to talk to police.

“He has told us there was an intruder,” McCausland said. “At this point we’re still trying to pinpoint the circumstances under which this shooting occurred.

“We have questions we don’t have answers for yet.”

McCausland said the Ford was recovered by police officers near a supermarket parking lot in Rochester, N.H., sometime later.

“The man was discovered by his wife at the home around 1:30 p.m.,” McCausland said. “They’re searching for a suspect. Since the vehicle was found in New Hampshire, the assailant must have dumped it over there.”

Rochester, N.H., police are helping with the investigation, which was turned over to Maine State Police early Tuesday evening by the York County Sheriff’s Department.

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