Updated at 2:30 p.m.

VASSALBORO — Police have identified a New York man as the person shot early this morning inside a Whitehouse Road home.

Rafael Encarnacion, 22, of Bronx, New York, sustained a gunshot wound to his abdomen and was flown by LifeFlight helicopter to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine State Police said in a news release this afternoon.

Police said the shooting took place inside a home at 38 Whitehouse Road owned by Joe Gagnon, who detectives say fired the shot.

Gagnon, 55, and his girlfriend, 33-year-old Jaimee Laney, were both arrested, but not in connection with the shooting, police said. Gagnon was charged with violating his bail conditions from a prior arrest and Laney was arrested on a charge of failing to appear in court.

Both Gagnon and Laney live at the house, though Gagnon has also lived in Augusta in recent weeks, police said. 


There were also four other people inside the house at the time of the shooting, which was reported about 12:30 a.m. with a 911 call requesting an ambulance. 

A team of 15 detectives and sheriff’s deputies have been investigating the shooting and the district attorney’s office will be consulted as the investigation proceeds, police said.




VASSALBORO — Authorities plan to release more information this afternoon about an early morning shooting that injured a 22-year-old man.


The man was shot inside his home on Whitehouse Road at about 12:30 a.m., police said. Maine State Police and the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office are investigating.

At the scene this morning, a Maine State Police evidence van was parked outside the ranch-style home and crime scene tape was up around the property. The state’s Major Crimes Unit was heading the investigation.

A neighbor did not recall hearing any disturbance last night or early this morning.

In a release, Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said the man was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to a hospital. McCausland said later this morning that he didn’t know what hospital the man taken to, but said more information would be released today.

His condition is still unkown.

McCausland said police have been interviewing people who were in the house at the time of the shooting.

The name of the wounded man will likely be released later in the morning. No arrests have been made.


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