BIDDEFORD, Maine — Maine State Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of a New York man they believe shot two others in Biddeford earlier this month.
Fuquan Prince Wilson, 34, of the Bronx, New York, is wanted on a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon.
State police believe the July 6 shootings, which left two dead, were “drug-related” and have requested the help of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said Friday afternoon in an announcement. Russell Lavoie, 42, of Old Orchard Beach and Jeffrey Lude, 37, of Biddeford were killed at a 19 Western Ave. apartment building
McCausland said Wilson, who goes by the street name “P” and “has a long criminal history in New York of mostly drug charges,” likely has fled the state. He also maintained Wilson is not being sought on homicide charges at this time, despite being the man police believe is responsible for shooting Lavoie and Lude.
“Detectives say they are considering self-defense as a factor in the shootings, but no final decision has been made on whether other charges will be filed in this case,” McCausland said in Friday’s news release, in part.
Police believe Lavoie and Lude came to the three-unit building on the night of the incident armed with a pellet gun and rubber mallet with intentions to assault Wilson and “likely to steal drugs,” McCausland said.
Wilson, who is still wanted on a firearm possession charge, is described as being 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighing 170 pounds with brown hair and green eyes, and he has a neck tattoo that reads “Ruthy.”
McCausland added that — in addition to Wilson, Lude and Lavoie — there were four other people in the apartment at the time of the shooting, including Donald Corkran, 55, the man who rents the space.
All four other individuals have been interviewed by police, McCausland said. He said the incident remains under investigation.
The shooting took place at approximately 7 p.m. Sunday, July 6. Police initially told reporters they weren’t sure whether one shooter or multiple shooters were responsible.
In the aftermath of the shooting last week, police announced they were looking for two individuals — Lance Palmer, 44, of Auburn and Christopher Dube, 28, of Dover, New Hampshire — who they believed had information about the incident. Investigators later said they found and questioned the two men, who were not counted among the four individuals police have long admitted were at the apartment at the time of the shooting. Neither Palmer nor Dube was charged with any crime related to the case.