A man charged with murder in the wake of three fatal shootings in Down East Maine is scheduled to make a first appearance in court.

Police arrested 63-year-old Thomas Bonfanti of Northfield in Machias yesterday afternoon in connection with the deaths of three people from Machias and Jonesport.

Police say the shootings occurred within 45 minutes time at three separate residences. Detectivies say they've recovered the gun they believe was used in the crimes.

The victims have been identified as: 57-year-old Shawn Currey,  33-year-old Samuel Powers and 39-year-old Jennifer Bryant Flynn.

The Washington County Sheriff's Offices believes Bonfanti knew the victims.


State Police say three people were shot to death and a fourth person injured in a series of attacks in Washington County, Maine.

The sheriff's office was alerted to the shootings late Monday morning when a 911 call was made from a home in Machias where a man was found dead and a woman injured.

Police say about 15 minutes later a woman was found dead at another home on the same road, and a short time after that, a man was found dead in neighboring Jonesboro.

Police say 63-year-old Thomas Bonfanti, of Northfield, was arrested outside the American Legion building in Machias and later charged with murder.

They say that Bonfanti, knew all of the victims but the motive is not yet known.

Police have identified the victims as: 57-year-old Shawn Currey, 33-year-old Samuel Powers and 39-year-old Jennifer Bryant Flynn.

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