Police are continuing to investigate the fatal shooting of a New Sharon man in Wilton early Wednesday morning, but as of Thursday afternoon were not releasing any new information.

Detectives are continuing to conduct interviews and gather evidence to try to understand the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of Michael Reis, Maine Department of Safety spokesman Steve McCausland said in a brief news release Thursday.

Police got a 911 call from 259 Weld Road around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday that there had been a shooting at the residence. When they arrived, Reis had already been taken from the scene by a friend to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, where he was pronounced dead.

Lt. Brian McDonough said at the scene Wednesday the alleged shooter had been identified by police, but that no one has been arrested or charged in connection with the shooting.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting remain unclear. Police say there were several people at the mobile home when the shooting occurred and they are cooperating with the investigation.

The mobile home in the neighborhood on the outskirts of Wilton is owned by Alan Magrath, according to town records. It was not clear if Magrath lived at the mobile home or was renting it out. Calls made Wednesday and Thursday to Magrath were not returned.


Weld Road is Route 156, and the area where the shooting took place is a quiet wooded neighborhood with homes spaced about 100 yards from each other. Neighbors on either side of the scene of the shooting said that they did not know who lived at the mobile home.

Investigators were at the scene all day Wednesday collecting evidence and talking to neighbors.

Around mid-morning Wednesday, a pool of blood was visible in the dirt driveway of the mobile home and blood spatter was visible about 100 feet down the center of the road toward town. McDonough would not comment on the blood.

Lauren Abbate — 861-9252

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