A 21-year-old man was charged with assassination in connection with the lethal shooting in a Walmart parking lot in Auburn, Maine, last weekend.
Gage Dalphonse was detained around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31, by state troopers and Auburn police detectives.
Dalphonse was taken to Androscoggin County Jail and is supposed to be arraigned on Friday morning.
“There’s been a lot of speculation in the community and on social media as to the circumstances surrounding this incident,” Chief Jason Moen said. “We do not consider this to be a random act of violence, nor is the community at risk.”
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“At this point, all we’re willing to say is this was not a ‘road rage’ incident, as has been originally reported,” Maine State Police Sgt. Lucas Hare said when questioned what might have led to the shooting on July 27.
The representative for the Maine Public Safety Department, Steve McCausland, identified Jean Fournier, 41, of Turner, Sunday morning as the man who was fatally shot in the parking lot and later died at the Central Maine Medical Center.
The Sun Journal reported on Sunday that witnesses told them that Fournier was involved with another man in some sort of altercation, punches were thrown, and two shots were heard. They told the newspaper that Fournier seemed to have turned his back to the shooter at the time of the shooting.
Sunday night, over a hundred people collected for a vigil.
By Sunday afternoon, officials interviewed everyone engaged in the shooting, McCausland said.
An autopsy was concluded on Sunday determined that Fournier’s death was a homicide.