Kelley Boulard, the sister of 36-year-old Portland shooting victim David Anderson, told Portland television station WCSH 6 “everybody loved” her brother and she “can’t understand why” anyone would hurt him.
In an interview with the local NBC affiliate, Boulard said her brother was homeless and battling addiction, but that she hoped he would be able to attend her wedding next year. She also urged the shooter, who police have yet to apprehend, to come forward.
“You took a loving brother, a loving person, and so many people loved him, and you took him away,” she told the television station. “He’s never going to come back. Ever. You can’t undo what you did. Turn yourself in.”
Anderson was killed in a Tuesday night double shooting at an 88 Gilman St. apartment building that left another man wounded.
Portland police are searching for a suspect caught on security cameras in the hallways of the building and seen by witnesses fleeing the scene after the shooting. The suspect has been described as a white male, medium build, about 6 feet tall, who was wearing black pants and a black jacket the night of the crime.
On Thursday, Lt. James Sweatt of the Portland Police Department described the investigation as “ongoing,” but did not elaborate further on the status of the case.
“We are receiving tips from the community,” he said.
Anderson has a history of arrests on drug charges, but longtime friend Tammy Shaw told reporters Wednesday that although he “lost his way,” he was a fun-loving and selfless man who looked out for others more than himself.
Dr. Mark Publicker, a Maine substance use disorder expert and past president of the Northern New England Society for Addiction Medicine, did not speak to Anderson’s case in particular. But he told the BDN it’s very difficult for people battling addiction to break the cycle of crime and drug use.
“The culture of drug addiction in this state is very strong,” he said. “The gravitational pull from drug addiction into crime is very strong.”