Man charged with murder after shootings leave three dead in Maine

A man is in custody in connection with a fatal shooting rampage across two towns in Maine Monday that left three people dead and a fourth person injured, authorities said.

Thomas Bonfanti, 63, of Northfield, is charged with murder after the slayings of two men and a woman, police said. A woman was also injured in the shootings, which occurred at two homes in Machias and another home in Jonesboro, according to Stephen McCausland, a State Police spokesman. Police responded to the shootings shortly after 10:45 a.m. Bonfanti was arrested outside an American Legion building.

Killed in the shootings were Shawn Currey, 57, of Machias; Samuel Powers, 33, of Jonesboro; and Jennifer Bryant Flynn, 49, of Machias, said McCausland.


Bonfanti knew the victims but was not related to any of them, police said. Investigators have recovered a gun. The homes where the shootings took place were secured Monday evening and investigators had started to gather evidence.

Bonfanti is due to appear in court Tuesday or Wednesday.