September 22, 2019
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Police look for 2 men considered armed and dangerous in Presque Isle shooting

Nina Mahaleris | BDN
Nina Mahaleris | BDN
Law enforcement officers responded to an alleged shooting that took place early on Monday morning on the Northern Road in Presque Isle.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Police are looking for two men they consider armed and dangerous in connection with a shooting that occurred early Monday morning on Northern Road near Skyway Industrial Park. Police have issued warrants for their arrest.

The men are Jomo White, 31, of Atlanta, Georgia, and Jason Alexander, 44, of Blaine. Police described White as a black male, 6 feet tall and weighing about 220 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He may have shaved his head and/or beard to change his appearance. Alexander is described as a white male, 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighing about 220 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.

Composite image | BDN
Composite image | BDN
Authorities investigate the scene of a shooting that took place on the Northern Road in Presque Isle on Monday morning (top photo). Jason Alexander (bottom left) and Jomo White (bottom right).

Shortly before 6 a.m. Monday, a man called 911 and said he had been shot at a residence on Northern Road in a neighborhood adjacent to Presque Isle’s Skyway Industrial Park, Presque Isle Police Chief Laurie Kelly said in a media release.

The unidentified victim had gunshot wounds and was taken by ambulance to Northern Light AR Gould Hospital in Presque Isle, Kelly said.

Police administered first aid to the victim until the ambulance arrived, according to a police statement issued Monday night. He underwent surgery at Gould, and later was taken to Northern Light Health in Bangor by Life Flight, where he was listed in critical condition.

Nina Mahaleris | BDN
Nina Mahaleris | BDN
Authorities investigate a shooting incident that reportedly occurred early Monday morning on the Northern Road in Presque Isle.

Multiple police agencies, including the Maine State Police, are still searching for the gunman or gunmen. The Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit was notified due to the seriousness of the injuries and possible loss of life, police said. Several witnesses have been identified and interviewed. Maine State Police Evidence Response Team is processing the crime scene.

“This appears to be an isolated incident with no threat to the community,” Kelly said late in the afternoon. “Area businesses and schools are, however, either on lockdown or closed until further notice as the gunman has not yet been located.”

Police indicated Monday night they believe the shooter or shooters and victim were known to each other. The public is asked to remain vigilant but encouraged to go about their normal daily routines.

Nina Mahaleris | BDN
Nina Mahaleris | BDN
Authorities investigate a shooting incident that reportedly occurred early Monday morning on the Northern Road in Presque Isle.

Northern Maine Community College and Maine School Administrative District 1 canceled classes for the day. MSAD 1’s Skyway Middle School is located in the same area of the industrial park near the community college. The University of Maine at Presque Isle initially canceled classes for the day but later decided to open at noon.

Police also advised businesses in the Industrial Park to remain closed as the search for the suspect(s) continues. Residents in neighborhoods located adjacent to the park were also urged to remain indoors.

Nina Mahaleris | BDN
Nina Mahaleris | BDN
Authorities investigate a shooting incident that reportedly occurred early Monday morning on the Northern Road in Presque Isle.

Area school districts in Caribou and Fort Fairfield instituted a “soft lockdown,” in which classes proceeded as normal but no one was allowed to enter or leave the buildings until the incident was over, according to the districts.

If anyone sees either of these two men, they should call the Maine State Police at 207-532-5400, Presque Isle police at 207-764-4476, or Aroostook County Crime Stoppers at 800-638-8477. Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of these two suspects. Anyone found to have aided either of these men in evading arrest will be subject to prosecution.

This story originally appeared on The County.

 



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