LIMINGTON — York County Sheriff William L. King Jr. says that investigators with his department are working to narrow down a list of suspects in connection with the shooting of a homeowner in his backyard a week ago.

The victim, whose name was not released, was shot twice in an arm and once in one of his legs when he was out in his yard after seeing what he described to authorities as a suspicious vehicle, said King on Thursday. He declined to describe the firearm, other than saying it was a handgun.

“We’re working on it feverishly and conducting a lot of interviews,” said King. “Investigators are trying to narrow down a list of suspects.”

King said the investigation is complex.

He said the sheriff’s office is also awaiting results of tests conducted on evidence delivered to the state crime lab, but declined to be more specific.

King said the victim was at home with his girlfriend when he saw a suspicious vehicle in the area.

“He went outside to investigate and heard somebody in the wooded area behind his house. He walked to the wood line with his flashlight and was confronted by an individual wearing a mask,” King said.

King said that is when the shots were fired, and the man was struck multiple times. The victim’s girlfriend heard the shots, found him outside and called for help.

The victim has since been released from Maine Medical Center in Portland.

Sheriff’s deputies answering the call summoned assistance from the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit.

King said the investigation continues and advised that law enforcement believes there is no danger posed to the public.

He said the perpetrator seemed to know the victim.

— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 780-9016 or [email protected]

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