EAST MADISON — Somerset County Sheriff Dale Lancaster isn’t saying much about a medical emergency reported the night of July 26 on Route 150 near the Cornville/Skowhegan town line.

A person had been shot and was taken by LifeFlight to a Bangor hospital, the sheriff said, but he would not say where the man was shot or by whom or what the circumstances of the shooting were.

The victim survived the shooting.

“It’s a very active investigation and there will not be anything that would be released at this time,” Lancaster said Thursday in an interview at the Sheriff’s Office in East Madison, noting that more information will be released once the investigation is finished.

He said the Skowhegan Police Department was dispatched to an area close to the junction of Molunkus Road and Route 150 at about 9:20 p.m. that Wednesday, responding to a call stating that EMS had intercepted a vehicle coming south on Route 150, which runs from Skowhegan through Cornville, Athens and Harmony before continuing north to Guilford in Piscataquis County.

“A woman had said that she had stopped and picked up a male individual, reporting that he had been shot,” Lancaster said. “She reported she had picked the man up walking on the side of the road. She reported she did not know the man.”


Lancaster said the man from New York City appeared to have been shot in the buttocks. He said there are “some discrepancies” in what was first reported by the woman, whom he did not identify, and what was said by the victim to investigators later.

Lancaster would not say if the man had been shot more than once.

The man was treated at Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan and later taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

He later was released from the hospital and since has returned home to New York, Lancaster said.

No charges have been filed against anyone in connection with the case.

“This is an active investigation,” Lancaster said. “There are a lot of components to this investigation. I can tell you as much information that I feel won’t compromise the investigation to this point. Anything beyond this point, I feel strongly that I would compromise the investigation.”

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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