Authorities have arrested a Biddeford man in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred in the city Tuesday afternoon.

Biddeford police responded to a 911 call about a shooting just after 3 p.m., Maine State Police spokeswoman Shannon Moss said in a release Tuesday night. Officers who arrived at 26 Union St. found a man dead on the front porch. He was identified as Douglas Michaud, 31, of Biddeford. Property records show he was the owner of the multi-unit building.

The suspect in the shooting was identified as Randal J. Hennessy, 30, of Biddeford. The U.S. Marshal’s Maine Violent Offender Task Force arrested him without incident at 8 p.m. in Durham, New Hampshire. Moss said he was booked at the Strafford County Jail and charged with being a fugitive from justice.

Moss did not say how the two men knew each other or how police identified Hennessy as the suspect.

Police spent hours at the scene Tuesday afternoon and blocked off most of Union Street with yellow tape. The three-story apartment building that was the focus of their work is in a residential neighborhood sandwiched between Route 1 and Route 111. A van marked “Biddeford Police Crime Scene Unit” parked out front. The Maine State Police Evidence Response Team van arrived just after 8 p.m. Investigators were still there after 10 p.m.

Police work Tuesday afternoon at the scene of the fatal shooting on Union Street in Biddeford. Ben McCanna/Staff Photographer

Investigators moved around the area but appeared to concentrate on the small front porch. As the sky dimmed, the only light on in the building was the one above the entrance. Passers-by and TV crews hung near the police tape and on the street corners. The work continued after dark, and the investigators on the scene set up a floodlight in the street.

A woman who said she had lived in the building for more than 16 years stood outside the police tape with a hand on her mouth. She did not want to give her name and said she was not at home at the time of the shooting. Her sister was on her way to visit and called her when she saw the police cars. They stood together and stared at the evidence technicians who were on her front steps.

Asked if there was any conflicts between the people who lived in the building, she shook her head: “I don’t know.”

Staff Writer Dennis Hoey contributed to this report.

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