Mass. man shot 2 in Maine, police say

Associated Press / July 27, 2011

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NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine - A Massachusetts man fatally shot the mother of their four children and gravely wounded her companion before leading police on a chase that ended 50 miles away in Lyman, officials said yesterday.

Joel Hayden, 29, of New Bedford, was arrested at gunpoint about 9 p.m. Monday after crashing his Cadillac, police said. He was under police guard in a Portland hospital.

There was a history of domestic violence between Hayden and Renee Sandora, 27, of New Gloucester, who died from her injuries yesterday at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, said Stephen McCausland of the Maine Department of Public Safety.

The other victim, Trevor Mills, 28, of New Bedford, was in grave condition at the hospital.

Jim Hutchinson, who operates a sheet metal shop not far from where the shooting took place, told the Sun Journal he heard three shots, followed by a conversation in which a female said, “he didn’t do anything’’ before three more shots rang out.

The young children, including 3-month-old twins, were placed in the custody of grandparents, McCausland said.

Unsure what they were dealing with Monday night, heavily armed state troopers in body armor surrounded the home before securing the site, the newspaper reported.

Hayden, who allegedly led police on a chase from Saco to Lyman, was the only suspect but wasn’t immediately charged in the shooting, McCausland said. He was being treated at the Maine Medical Center for a severe back injury.