Police chasing leads on South Portland shooting

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Police are investigating a shooting believed to have occurred near Broadway in South Portland.

Officers began receiving reports of gunshots around Broadway and Church Street just before 3 a.m. Saturday, July 16, according to the Police Department. Callers said someone had been shot and that the victim was taken from the scene in a private vehicle.

Police said shortly thereafter, a shooting victim arrived at Maine Medical Center in Portland with an injury not believed to be life-threatening.

Police Chief Edward Googins said shootings aren’t common in South Portland, and that this case is even more unusual because the victims and witnesses have so far refused to work with police.

“People aren’t cooperating with us,” Googins said. “They’re making it difficult to get to the bottom of it. We’re still investigating, but we’re not getting a lot of help.”

Googins said officers searched a residence they believed to be connected to the shooting, but said they weren’t releasing any new information.

Police urged anyone with information about the shooting to call Detective Sgt. Steve Webster at 799-5511 ext. 7210.

Mario Moretto can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or mmoretto@theforecaster.net. Follow Mario on Twitter: @riocarmine.

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