AUGUSTA — A Gardiner man has been charged with shooting a woman inside her home last month.

Sean Kingston, 38, was indicted last week on charges of aggravated assault and reckless conduct in connection with a Dec. 7 shooting on Costello Road in Gardiner. Kingston, who was initially arrested two days after the shooting on a charge of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, was indicted on the same charge by a Kennebec County Superior Court grand jury last week.

An indictment is not a determination of guilt, but it indicates that there is enough evidence to proceed with formal charges and a trial.

The victim, 34-year-old Shawna Snyder, was shot in the torso and taken by LifeFlight to Central Maine Medical Center, Gardiner Police Chief James Toman said shortly after the shooting. Snyder was expected to make a full recovery.

Kingston, who was convicted on a felony count of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon in 2010 in Wiscasset Superior Court, allegedly shot Snyder with a handgun.

Kingston reportedly split his time between Wiscasset and Snyder’s home at 30 Costello Road. Police were called to the home shortly after 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. Officers were led to the bedroom, where they found Snyder conscious and able to respond to questions, Toman said.

Kingston fled the scene after officers arrived. Police spent that night and the next day searching for Kingston until he turned himself in the morning of Monday, Dec. 9. Kingston was arrested on the gun charge that day.

This story will be updated.


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