Maine man charged with attempted murder in Massachusetts shootings

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted April 25, 2016, at 10:09 a.m.

The Maine man charged with randomly shooting two people from his car early Sunday morning also fired at but missed a third person on the streets of Duxbury, Massachusetts, according to media reports.

A woman called police Sunday to report she had discovered holes in her car, the Boston Globe reported after Duxbury police Chief Matthew M. Clancy held a news conference late Sunday afternoon. The woman thought her car had backfired.

Lucas McPherson, 25, of Mapleton faces more than a dozen charges, including three counts of attempted murder, assault and battery on a police officer and illegal gun possession, the Globe reported. He was expected to make his first appearance before a judge Monday in Plymouth District Court.

He is being held at the Plymouth County Correctional Facility after he underwent a mental health evaluation at a local hospital, the Globe reported.

McPherson allegedly fired a shotgun from inside his vehicle in separate incidents, wounding one man who was driving along Tremont Street in Duxbury near Town Hall and another on Tobey Garden Street who was letting out his dog, Clancy said in a news release posted on the department’s website.

The first shooting occurred around 1:15 a.m., when a 33-year-old Marshfield man was shot in the abdomen by someone in a passing vehicle near Town Hall and drove himself to the nearby Duxbury Fire Station for help, the police chief said. About 20 minutes later McPherson’s Chevy Impala, which has a Maine registration, was spotted near Tobey Garden Street. Just before police arrived McPherson allegedly shot another man.

The police chief said at the news conference that the third person mostly likely was fired upon about 1:30 a.m., between the other two shootings, while she was driving on Tobey Garden Street.

“[The second victim] shot was letting his dog out when the man pulled in front of the home and shot him seconds before the first Duxbury cruiser arrived,” Clancy said.

“As the officer approached the [suspect’s] vehicle a resident quickly approached stating he was just shot by the occupant of the vehicle,” the police chief said. “The vehicle again tried to flee the area but was blocked in by the Duxbury police cruiser. As the officer attempted to arrest the man he came at the officer with a hunting knife and was subdued by the officer using an electronic control weapon (Taser).”

A Kingston police officer arrived and assisted with the arrest. Massachusetts State Police detectives and crime scene technicians went to the scene of the shootings and are working with Duxbury police detectives on the investigation, Clancy said.

“Inside the man’s car police recovered a shotgun believed to be used in both shootings,” the news release states.

At the news conference, Clancy described the victims’ injuries as “minor.”

“‘This is completely random and this is completely out of character for our community, clearly,’” the police chief said, the Quincy Patriot Ledger reported.

Duxbury is a coastal community of about 15,000 located 35 miles south of Boston, according to information posted on its website. The town was a center of shipbuilding until the mid-19th century when ships became too large for the shallow bay. Today, it is known for cranberry production and oysters.

McPherson was convicted in Presque Isle District Court in 2012 of operating a vehicle while under influence of intoxicants and was ordered to pay a $500 fine, spend jail 48 hours in jail and had his driver’s license suspended for 90 days, according to BDN archives.

“We have had interactions with Mr. McPherson, the most recent being a traffic stop in October of 2015,” Presque Isle police Chief Matthew J. Irwin said Monday in an email. “We arrested him in 2012 for OUI and he was involved in a fight where no criminal charges were filed in 2008.”

Watch for updates.

BDN writer Nok-Noi Ricker and St. John Valley Times writer Don Eno contributed to this report. printed on August 16, 2017