Lewiston police search for suspect in reported shooting

Posted Jan. 13, 2014, at 2:05 p.m.

LEWISTON, Maine — A reported shooting shut down the neighborhood around Rideout Avenue and Hillside Lane on Monday morning.

Neighbors said a disturbance involving two men occurred in a parking lot behind Building Number 5 of the Hillview Apartments.

Neighbors said police responded just after 7 a.m., searching several units in the complex.

Police locked down the area at 8 a.m., and that included the Headstart Program in the Hillview Community Center and a nearby day care on Rideout Avenue.

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A mile north, students at McMahon Elementary School were on a code-yellow lockdown. That meant that students were hurried off their buses and into the building as early as 8:15 a.m. School officials said the school returned to normal operations at 8:55 a.m.

Police tape blocked the parking lot around Building No. 5.

At 9: 55 a.m. police armed with tactical rifles and a police dog were called in to search the area from Building 5 south along Hillside Lane. The police dog led officers in the front of unit 2 in Building 15, at the corner of Cole Street and Hillside Lane, and out the back. The search ended in the parking lot behind Building 5 and police dog returned to the lot around Building 5.

As many as 10 officers were on the scene at one point, but the majority cleared the area at about 10:30 a.m. The parking lot remained closed with four officers on the scene.

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