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Belfast teen dies after being shot

The gunshot was self-inflicted, Belfast Police Chief Robert Cormier said.
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BELFAST, Maine — A teen has died after a shooting in Belfast Thursday morning.

Officers responded to a home on Marsh Road shortly after 7 a.m. Thursday and found a male in his teens suffering from a gunshot wound, according to a release Friday from Belfast Police Chief Robert Cormier.

The gunshot wound was later determined to be self-inflicted, Cormier said.

The teen was taken by emergency personnel to Waldo County Hospital before being flown by LifeFlight to Eastern Maine Medical Center. Cormier said police received an update from the hospital shortly before 2:30 p.m. Thursday reporting that the teen had died.

In a community message shared with NEWS CENTER Maine, RSU 71 Superintendent Mary McLean confirmed the teen's identity as Linnaeus Orlov, a student at Belfast Area High School.

"I've spoken with the mother of BAHS student Linnaeus Orlov, who has permitted me to share this tragic news and approves of this message. Linnaeus sustained a severe injury this morning at home, " McLean said. "He was life-flighted to Bangor and died of his injuries this afternoon. Linnaeus had many talents and abilities. His mother said he loved being part of the Belfast community, especially his Tech Center and BAHS Art classes. I ask you to keep his grieving family, friends, and staff in your prayers."

The shooting is still under investigation, Cormier said.

Police added there is no danger to the public in relation to the shooting.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health and in need of immediate assistance, the Maine Crisis Line is available at 1-888-568-1112 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988.

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Maine teen text support: This peer support text line is for Maine youth 13 to 24 years old and is staffed by individuals 18 to 24. It is available daily from noon to 10 p.m. EST at 207-515-8398.

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