Scarborough police still seek leads in man’s shooting

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Update, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016: Scarborough police said a silver Chrysler PT Cruiser, or Chevrolet HHR-style vehicle, was seen traveling on Ash Swamp Road around the time the shooting was reported.

Police said they have “no information to indicate this vehicle was involved, but are considering it a vehicle of interest that may have witnessed something relevant to our investigation.”

They also scheduled a press conference for late Friday morning.

SCARBOROUGH — An Ash Swamp Road man who was shot by a home intruder Jan. 18 was released Wednesday from Maine Medical Center in Portland.

Police on Thursday still had no substantial leads on the incident.

Bruce Glidden, 47, of 104 Ash Swamp Road, sustained “non-life threatening gunshot wounds” to his lower torso as he slept on the couch in the family’s living room early Monday morning. Glidden’s wife, Amy, and the couple’s two children were home and asleep in separate rooms when Glidden was shot, Sgt. John O’Malley said Monday morning.

One of the children called 911 at 1:27 a.m. to report the shooting, O’Malley said.

The family members awoke to the sound of gunfire, according to the police department’s Facebook page, which said, “No threats were made to family members and suspect (s) fled the scene immediately after shooting.”

In a press conference Monday afternoon at police headquarters, Deputy Chief David Grover said details of the incident “lead us to believe (the incident) was specific to residents at home,” but “we are unsure of a motive at this time.”

All four windows of a car parked in the family’s driveway were broken, but no suspects or weapons have been found, and nothing has been reported missing, Detective Sgt. Rick Rouse said Thursday morning.

It seems also that whomever approached and entered the house did so on foot, Rouse said, because no new vehicle marks were found in the driveway.

“A lot of the things, we just don’t know,” Rouse said. Because there have been “no potential eyewitnesses,” he said, most of the information likely won’t come until the intruder has been apprehended.

“All we can do is shake every tree and hope the right piece of fruit falls,” Rouse said.

Many of the public’s questions to the department following the event have been about the specificity of the incident.

“I think (residents) want to know whether it was a random act or whether it was targeted,” Rouse said, and it appears to have been targeted because nothing was stolen and the intruder “spent some time outside for awhile before they went in. It didn’t seem they were there for a robbery, just the general act.”

Glidden, who owns Glidden Roofing Corp. at 15 Washington Ave., told the police he doesn’t know why he or his family would be targeted, Rouse said.

Incidents like this don’t happen very often in Scarborough, he said.

“It’s funny, we run into a lot of people who don’t lock their doors. It’s kind of strange, in 2016, that people don’t,” Rouse said. “Not that a locked door would’ve solved the problem here, but I think, as friendly reminder, people should be locking their doors anyway. If one or two more people lock their doors because of something like this, then I think that’s a good thing.”

Police have asked anyone with information about the shooting to call 883-6361 or the anonymous crime tip hotline at 730-GETM (4386).

Alex Acquisto can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or aacquisto@theforecaster.net. Follow Alex on Twitter: @AcquistoA.

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