The Maine State Police have a suspect in custody after shootings in Machias and Jonesboro on Monday morning.
The shootings, with multiple victims, were reported at about 11 a.m. Monday. One person has since been taken into custody, said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.
The suspect in custody has not been arrested, McCausland said early Monday afternoon.
The person was the only known suspect in the shootings, Machias police Chief Todd Hand said.
Police were stationed Monday outside a home at 323 Kennebec Road in Machias and outside the local American Legion Hall at 42 Court St., just down the street from the courthouse and sheriff’s office, but have not released information about what happened at those locations.
Scott K. Porter, superintendent of Machias-area schools, put local schools into lockdown mode after the Washington County Sheriff’s Office reported shootings in the area. He lifted the security condition about an hour later.
As part of the lockdown, no students were allowed to leave school buildings.
Brooke Haynes, a server at the Hing Garden restaurant on Route 1 in Machias, said mid-morning Monday that she saw several police vehicles at the American Legion building, which is two doors down.
Machias Memorial High School had been under a “soft lockdown” on Friday, after an email threat mentioning U.S. Sen. Susan Collins listed the high school in Machias and several others in Maine.