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Suspect in Fourth of July shooting in Naples arrested in Portland

He has been charged with elevated aggravated assault (Class A) and reckless conduct (Class D).

PORTLAND, Maine — The suspect in connection with a shooting that took place on the Fourth of July in Naples was arrested in Portland on Thursday. 

Alexzander Goodwin, 18, of Bridgton, was taken into police custody around 2:30 p.m. Thursday on Park Avenue in Portland and was brought to Cumberland County Jail, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. 

Goodwin has been charged with elevated aggravated assault (Class A) and reckless conduct (Class D), the release stated.

Goodwin is accused of shooting and injuring a 17-year-old boy, who was brought to a nearby hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening. Detective Lt. Paul Thorpe with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office told NEWS CENTER Maine on Thursday that the boy is recovering at Maine Medical Center and has yet to be released.

The shooting took place in a highly populated area, where Fourth of July events were taking place and people were preparing to watch the fireworks display. Police said it was fortunate nobody else was injured.

The fireworks display was canceled and has yet to be rescheduled. 

Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce told NEWS CENTER Maine on Tuesday that the suspect reportedly fled into the woods, leading to a multi-day search. 

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office has been aided by Maine Fish and Game, the Maine State Fire Marshal's Office, Maine State Police, and the Windham Police Department, as well as Naples Fire and Rescue and Casco Fire and Rescue.

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