Portland police: Old Port shooting, stabbing 'not a random act'

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PORTLAND — City police believe the people involved in a shooting and stabbing near the corner of Market and Fore streets early Monday are known to each other.

“This was not a random act,” Police Chief Michael Sauschuck said in a press conference Monday outside police headquarters on Middle Street.

Sauschuck had little else to say about the incident, which was reported at 12:23 a.m. Monday and remains under investigation.

According to police, a response to a call about gunshots led them to a 22-year-old man from Westbrook, who received a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. After he was taken to Maine Medical Center, police also discovered a 23-year-old Westbrook man at the hospital, who said he had been stabbed during the incident.

Sauschuck said the shooting and stabbing are connected, but the stabbing victim left the hospital before police could question him. The chief declined further comment on the status of the unidentified victims.

While investigating, police saw a car leaving the scene, with one individual inside. Police later found the car on Oxford Street between Wilmot and Pearl streets. It has been impounded as part of the investigation, Sauschuck said.

While reiterating he believes the Old Port is a safe place to visit, Sauschuck also said the shooting and stabbing Monday are not connected in any way to the May 25 murder of Treyjon Arsenault.

“There is no evidence to show me this is connected,” Sauschuck said.

Arsenault, who was 19, was shot inside Da Block Studios on Market Street. A second man, Mohamed Ali, was also shot in the incident. 

Johnny Ouch, 20, and Gang Majok, 30, have been indicted by a Cumberland County grand jury on charges of murder and elevated aggravated assault in the case.

Portland Police Chief Michael Saschuck on Monday, Nov. 16, said a shooitng and stabbing reported earlier that morning in the Old Port remain under investigation.

Portland City Hall reporter for The Forecaster. Baltimore native, lived in Maine since 1989. A journalist since 2005, covering much of Cumberland and York counties. I joined The Forecaster in 2012.