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The scene of the shooting in Bowdoin, Maine. PA

Man charged with murder after four shot dead at house in Maine

Three people were also shot in their vehicles on a highway 40 kilometres away.

A MAN HAS been charged with murder after four people were shot dead in a Maine home and three others were shot and wounded on a highway 25 miles (40 kilometres) away, police said.

Joseph Eaton, 34, of Bowdoin, was charged with four counts of murder on Tuesday, but police declined to discuss a possible motive. Eaton was expected to appear in court this week.

The identities of the four people found dead in a home in Bowdoin have also not been released.

They were discovered a short time before three people were shot in their vehicles to the south on Interstate 295 in Yarmouth, authorities said.

The shootings were connected, Maine State Police spokesperson Shannon Moss said.

The highway shootings led to a heavy police presence in Yarmouth, including officers carrying rifles. At one point, heavily armed officers peered inside the boot of a car that had apparent bullet holes in the windscreen at a slip road. Witnesses told reporters they saw one person in handcuffs.

7392945e51014f96be437bbfb632ca3b Traffic is backed up near a scene where people were injured in a shooting on Interstate 295, in Yarmouth, Maine.

Yarmouth is a community of 9,000 about 12 miles (19 kilometres) north of Portland, the state’s largest city. Bowdoin is a rural farming community with about 3,000 residents.

At the scene in Bowdoin, yellow crime scene tape hung around a home in a wooded area. About 10 marked and unmarked police vehicles and a crime scene van were parked outside

In Yarmouth, traffic backed up on the interstate as police shut down the southbound lanes, and state, county and local police canvassed the area. Representatives for the Maine Department of Transportation said they closed the southbound side of I-295 in Yarmouth in late morning at the request of state police.

Police briefly ordered people in nearby neighbourhoods to take shelter.

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