NEW GLOUCESTER - Maine State Police say that the two people shot outside a home in New Gloucester last night remain in grave condition at a Lewiston hospital. In addition, the man suspected of the shootings is in a Portland hospital recovering from injuries sustained when his car, being chased by police, crashed in Lyman.
The shooting victims are 27-year-old woman of New Gloucester and 28-year-old man of New Bedford, Mass. Both are being treated at Central Maine Medical Center.
Under police guard at Maine Medical Center in Portland is Joel Hayden, 29, of New Bedford, who is being treated for back injuries. Hayden was taken into custody after leading State Police on a chase from Saco to Lyman. The chase started after troopers attempted to pull over Hayden's Cadillac after spotting it on the Maine Turnpike.
The female victim and Hayden have four children, the youngest three month old twins, who live with their mother in New Gloucester. The four children were placed in the custody of grandparents following the shooting, which took place about 6:30 p.m. on July 25, outside the woman's residence. Police say the couple has a history of domestic violence.
Police today plan to search the shooting scene and Hayden's car and will continue to monitor the conditions of the two people wounded. Hayden has not been charged in connection with the shootings, but detectives have been keeping the Maine Attorney General's Office updated on the investigation.