GORHAM — A 14-year-old boy was shot at a Gorham home in connection with an attempted arson around 11:45 p.m. Friday.

Gorham police said Saturday that the male teen, whose identity is being withheld, is being treated for what they believe to be non-life threatening injuries after being shot at a residence at 8 Mountview Drive.

Police said the homeowner and another person interrupted the teen as he attempted to set a fire at the home, which was occupied at the time. Police did not say who shot the juvenile.

The light-green two-story, colonial-style home was slightly damaged.

Police said the boy was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland. No charges have been filed, but the incident is still being investigated.

Gorham police and investigators from the state Fire Marshal’s Office were back on the scene and inspecting the house Saturday, but were revealing little information about the shootings. A police officer swept the two-acre property with a metal detector looking for any items that may have been connected with the incident. Danny Young of the state fire marshal’s office walked a dog on a leash around the house.

Young described the incident as an attempt to start a fire, but couldn’t say if it was related to a string of arson cases in Gorham this spring.

A series of six fires of suspicioius origin began March 27. They involved vacant buildings around town. The most recent arson targeted an unoccupied house on Route 237 on April 18. The town has offered a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and on conviction for those responsible for the arsons.

The home is owned by Craig and Tracey Bassingthwaite. Bassingthwaite is the head coach of the Gorham Grizzlies youth football league. The Bassingthwaites did not repond to phone calls or emails.

Gorham police said they believe they have identified all parties involved in the incident and do not believe there is any immediate danger from people involved.


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