A man has been arrested in the killings of 4 people found in a Maine home. Authorities are also investigating highway shootings they say are connected
A 34-year-old man was arrested Tuesday evening in connection with the murders of four people who were found dead in a Bowdoin, Maine, home earlier in the day, authorities said.
The killings appear to be connected to a series of nearby highway shootings that left three drivers injured — one seriously — shortly after the four bodies were discovered, state police have said.
The man arrested has been identified by Maine State Police as Joseph Eaton.
Eaton was taken to Two Bridges Regional Jail and will make a preliminary court appearance later in the week, state police said in a news release Tuesday evening. State police did not say late Tuesday that he had been taken into custody in connection with the highway shooting.
CNN has not yet been able to identify an attorney for Eaton.
“Investigators will be working through the night to process multiple scenes and interview people involved in this incident,” state police said in a news release.
Police have not shared details about a possible motive for the two incidents and have not shared details about the four people found dead in the home.
in the a statement On Twitter, Maine Governor Janet Mills said, “Like all Maine people, I am shocked and deeply saddened — acts of violence like the one we experienced today shake our state and our communities.”
Maine State Police responded to the Bowdoin home Tuesday morning, where they found four deceased victims inside, state police Lt. Randall Catton said at a news conference Tuesday.
A short time later, authorities received reports of multiple vehicles being hit by gunfire on I-295 in the Yarmouth area, which is about 40 minutes from Bowdoin.
Three people were shot while driving and taken to the hospital, state police said. Officials added that at least one of the three was in critical condition on Tuesday.
“We have vehicles that have been hit by direct fire that we’re getting reports of, so if anyone has holes in their vehicles, please contact us so we can follow up,” Keaton said. ,” Keaton said.
The victims found at the Bowdoin home and linked to the highway shooting, Keaton said, pose no threat to the public.
State police said the four bodies were taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Augusta where autopsies will determine the manner and cause of death.
Authorities are asking anyone who saw anything or has any information about the events of Tuesday morning to get in touch.
“There’s a lot that happened between those two scenes this morning and those are the people we want to talk to, the people who were affected by it,” Keaton said, adding that officers were working at several affected scenes. Continuing and gathering more information.