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- The Forecaster
PORTLAND — The state medical examiner on Tuesday identified a man who was shot to death early Monday morning off outer Congress Street.
The victim was Allen MacLean, 41. An autopsy Tuesday confirmed he was killed by a gunshot wound to the chest.
Acting Police Chief Michael Sauschuck said police have several leads in the case, but he would not say if an arrest is expected soon.
MacLean’s death is the city’s first homicide of 2011.
Police said the shooting occurred around 4:30 a.m. at 4 Massachusetts Ave. Witnesses told police they saw the victim run out from behind the three-unit apartment complex. He collapsed on the sidewalk, where he died.
Sauschuck said police originally responded to a report of multiple gunshots, but believe only one shot was fired. Police are still trying to determine if the shooting occurred inside the building or outside.
Police have not released a description of the shooter, but Sauschuck he doesn’t believe the public is at risk.
“At this point, we don’t believe this is some gunman who would continue this activity,” he said.
Sauschuck said police are trying to determine whether the shooting was related to a party that took place Sunday night.
The incident added to what has already been a busy couple of weeks for the police.
On Friday, July 29, police closed off Munjoy Hill for about two hours around 12:30 p.m. after receiving a report of gunman, reportedly an Iraq war veteran, wearing camouflage.
That incident turned out to be a hoax, and police arrested 30-year-old Christopher Sanborn, of Gorham, several miles away on Forest Avenue near the Westbrook city line.
Police believe Sanborn, who has no connection to the military, called police and fabricated the whole story. He was charged with filing a false report, creating a police standoff and criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon. No firearm was recovered, police said.
At 6 p.m. on July 23, police were called to Commercial Street for a reported brawl between about two dozen motorcycle gang members. Two people were charged in the incident.
Jeffrey Vandermeiren, 43, of South Portland, was arrested for disorderly conduct and Thomas Glande, 52, of Waldoboro, was arrested on a charge of failure to disperse.
Sauschuck acknowledged the unusually amount of activity for police.
“It’s been a pretty busy couple of weeks,” he said. “But I think we’ve got a handle on it.”
Updated on Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 2.