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Police find juvenile who fired gun during dispute on Birch Street

By Stephen Betts | Nov 09, 2020
Photo by: Stephen Betts Rockland police and a Knox County Sheriff's deputy search Nov. 8 for shell casings on Birch Street after a teen reportedly opened fire on a group of youths.

Rockland — A male juvenile suspected of firing a gun during a dispute on a Rockland street Nov. 8 has been located.

On Nov. 9, Rockland Police Detective Alex Gaylor said the youth has not been arrested, and Rockland police continue to investigate the incident. Once the investigation is complete, reports will be turned over to the district attorney's office to determine whether charges will be filed against the teen.

The name of the juvenile is not being released. State law allows the name to be released if a formal petition is filed in court by prosecutors.

No one was injured in the incident that occurred shortly after 3:30 p.m. Nov. 8 on Birch Street.

Police were originally searching for a person believed to be a 19-year-old man about five feet seven inches, weighing about 140 pounds and wearing a gray sweatshirt. The teen fled the scene on foot.

Rockland police and the Knox County Sheriff's Office interviewed witnesses on Birch Street and searched for the alleged gunman, who was last seen in the vicinity of Hannaford supermarket on Maverick Street.

One neighbor reported hearing a verbal argument outside, followed by a single gunshot.

Detective Gaylor said it appears one shot was fired, and it followed a dispute between more than three people. He said witnesses are still being interviewed. The gun was recovered Nov. 9.

Other neighbors declined to comment on what they saw, but were telling police about there being an argument, then the teen pulled out a gun and began firing.

Police were searching for shell casings on Birch Street about halfway between North Main and Maverick streets.

A Knox County canine was requested.

Maine Marine Patrol officers also assisted in the search for the gunman. Thomaston police also responded to assist Rockland in coverage of the community.

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Comments (10)
Posted by: Ryan Duplisea | Nov 10, 2020 08:57

I agree Shelby!!!

Posted by: Shelby Thomas Bates | Nov 10, 2020 06:11

I'm sorry, children are shooting at each other and we're  all more concerned with grammar and word choice technicalities?

Posted by: Stephen Betts | Nov 09, 2020 19:10

A 19-year-old is not a juvenile. The original report to police was from witnesses who believed the person was 19-years-old. As it turns out, he was younger than 18.

Posted by: William & Lorraine Ryan | Nov 09, 2020 16:42

How long has a 19 year old been considered a Juvenile?

Posted by: Cynthia Mary Anderson | Nov 09, 2020 14:13

I'm chuckling because I am always the grammar queen and always drove my kids nuts.  BUT, they know the difference between there, their, and they're...and loose and lose....maybe something got loose, so you lose it.   And to, too, and two!!  Simple words, but it makes you sound like an idiot when you write stuff like that.  I'm not talking about Steve, I just mean the public in general.  Those are my pet peeves as far as grammar goes.  Too bad this article turned into something about grammar, and not the fact that it is a miracle no one got hurt..  I am truly glad that this situation didn't turn into something more horrible.  Happy Monday, everybody!!

Posted by: Eric Thurston | Nov 09, 2020 11:57

It's actually difficult to proofread your own writing because of the way our brains work. Studies have shown that we "see" things as what our brains might already think they are, not what they actually are. That's why publishers use proofreaders. Others can see our errors easier than we can see them.

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Nov 09, 2020 10:41

What gets me is writers do not know the difference between bring and take.

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Nov 09, 2020 09:47

What I care the most about is that no one was injured not about a missing "a", "b" misspelled words.

Posted by: Stephen Betts | Nov 09, 2020 09:10

Thank you Norma. In the rush sometimes late at night to post an article, these errors occur. They have been changed.

Posted by: Norma Hunt | Nov 09, 2020 08:51

Please, I beg you, proofread!!  You used the wrong version of "there".  You left out the word "be". You left out the "a".  You put "hired" instead of "fired".

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