Four dead, including gunman, in Oakland shooting

Around 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, multiple police agencies responded to 911 calls of a shooting on Belgrade Road in Oakland, nearby the Hume Center, a popular student hangout spot. According to a centralmaine.com report, police were seen nearby the Belgrade Road and Church Street intersection with rifles.

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There is a heavy police presence at the scene.

Multiple ambulances responded to the scene and sirens could be heard from campus. The nearby Hume Center is a popular destination for students and also plays host to the practice facilities for the Colby Crew team. Responding agencies included Waterville, Oakland, Fairfield, Winslow, State Police and the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office according to the Morning Sentinel.  Maine State Police SWAT units are also reported to be on scene. Police have evacuated any residents within a 50-yard radius of the incident location. A Maine mobile Crime Lab was also spotted entering the scene and only Maine State Police SWAT units have been allowed beyond the police blockade.

The following statement was emailed to students:

 

Dear Students,

We have learned that a shooting occurred tonight in Oakland and that police are currently attempting to locate the suspects. Given that the incident took place in the neighboring town of Oakland, out of an abundance of caution we wanted to make you aware of the situation. Please be safe and notify Campus Security if you see anything suspicious.

If you have questions or concerns please call Campus Security at 859-4000.

Be safe,

Jim Terhune
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

A police press conference is supposedly taking place in the near future.

UPDATE: 10:53 p.m.

Echo Co-Editor-in-Chief Kiernan Somers ’17 is on scene. He is reporting that two SWAT team members have exited the house and that there are K-9 Units on scene. There is speculation that the incident may have been a hostage situation, with two individuals exiting the house wrapped in white blankets.

UPDATE: 10:58 p.m.

According to Somers, a large group of police officers just left the house and a police “bearcat” vehicle is on scene. A stretcher just left the house with no one in it.

UPDATE: 11:00 p.m.

According to on-scene Echo reporters, police with full assault rifles are on scene. Also, apparently there are no hostages.

UPDATE: 11:09 p.m.

A large group of police officers are now leaving the scene.

UPDATE: 11:11 p.m.

According to Echo reporters, police are starting to leave the scene. A mobile command vehicle has left. When asked about the situation, a member of the Winslow Police Department had “no comment.” A caravan of cars are now leaving the scene and all of the police tape is coming down. The police will release a statement within the next two hours.

UPDATE: 11:17 p.m.

Amber Sellers, who lives in the neighborhood, told Echo reporters that “nobody notified me of anything…and I stepped outside to see what was going on and I was told to go back into my home.” She also noted that this is “typically a safe neighborhood.”

UPDATE: 11:20 p.m.

Major Brian Scott of the Maine State Police told our reporters to “give us an hour or two, we’re not providing information at this time until we can be sure everything is factual and accurate.” General consensus at the scene is that the public is no longer at risk.

UPDATE: 11:27 p.m.

According to Echo reporters, one of the residents of the area heard “a couple quick pops” which she later realized were gunshots.

UPDATE: 11:36 p.m.

Echo reporters have learned the shooting took place at 35 Belgrade Road.

UPDATE: 11:47 p.m.

At 11:42 p.m., Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Jim Terhune sent an email, which read:

Dear Students,

The Oakland Police Department has notified us that the situation related to the shooting earlier this evening is contained and there is no risk to the public.

Thank you for your attention to these notices and have a good night.

Best,
Jim Terhune
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

UPDATE: 4:05 a.m.

State Police have confirmed that four people have died as a result of the shooting. The gunman, Herman Derico, killed two women and a man before killing himself. When police arrived on scene, Amanda Bragg, 30, and Michael Muzerolle, 29, and Amy Derosby were found dead inside the house. Bragg and Muzerolle were supposedly parents of a four year-old girl found unharmed at the scene. Derico, according to police accounts, killed himself outside of the house.

The Echo will continue to update the story as information become available.