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juvenile male shot during 4th of July festivities

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The shooting happened in Naples as families waited near a roadway to watch a fireworks display.

A young man was airlifted to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries Tuesday night after being shot during July 4 festivities in Naples, Maine, WCVB reported.

Five shots were fired on Naples Causeway just after 7 p.m., the news station reported. The roadway was full of families waiting to see fireworks, a county spokesperson reportedly said, but no one else was injured.

First responders took the young man to Bridgton Hospital, but he was later airlifted by medical helicopter to Maine Medical Center in Portland, WCVB reported.

A bullet hit a nearby vehicle and the suspect took off into the woods, the News Center Maine reported. The Cumberland County Sheriff reportedly told media that the shooting was “an isolated incident.”

Sheriff Kevin Joyce reportedly said authorities knew who the shooter was and were “looking for leads” to find him, the news station reported.

The Sebago Fire Department shared a Facebook post Tuesday night that appeared to be from a Cumberland County spokesperson.

“We ask citizens to be on the lookout for a man who may be armed with a 9 millimeter handgun,” the message read.

The message described the suspect as 18 years old, weighing 120 pounds, 5ft 8in tall, with blue eyes and blonde hair. He said the suspect was last seen wearing blue jeans, a gray sweatshirt and a black hat.

“If you see this suspect, do not approach and call 911 immediately,” the message read.

A little after 9 p.m., firefighters wrote that the suspect was still at large. Even so, WCVB reported that a Cumberland County spokesperson said authorities believed there was no ongoing threat to the public.

Naples is located just over 30 miles northwest of Portland.


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