Two people were shot early Friday morning at a party on Bowdoin Street in Auburn, according to police.

Police were called to a reported shooting at the residence of DeWayne Williams at 241 Bowdoin Street around 2:20 a.m. Friday. Two men who had been shot had already been taken to hospitals in private cars before officers arrived.

Police say Michael Williams, 26, of Lewiston and 23-year-old Justin Botelho of Cranston, Rhode Island, were shot during an altercation inside the residence.

Michael Williams underwent surgery at Central Maine Medical Center and remained hospitalized Friday night, police said. Botelho was treated and released from St. Mary’s Hospital Friday morning.

In a Facebook post Friday night, Auburn police said they were trying to locate Mickiel James, a 28-year-old transient, in connection with the shooting incident. They said he previously lived in Lewiston and Dorchester, Massachusetts.

“James is being sought for questioning and is not considered wanted at this time,” police said in the post.

Police are still trying to identify the shooter and determine a motive. They said they are confident the shooting was an isolated incident and not a random act.

Detectives executed a search warrant at the Bowdoin Street residence to process evidence.


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