February 14, 2013

Fairfield union building targeted for second time; reason for latest shooting unknown

Workers found BB gun pellets lodged in plate-glass windows Sunday

By Matt Hongoltz-Hetling mhhetling@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

FAIRFIELD -- Police are investigating another shooting of a union building on Main Street, after the staff discovered BB gun pellets in the windows last weekend.

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A hole from a BB gun is seen in one of five windows damaged at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1253 office in Fairfield, as Training Director Christopher Trider works inside on Monday.

Staff photo by David Leaming

On Sunday morning, workers found the pellets lodged in all five of the lobby's plate-glass windows, according to training director Christopher Trider of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1253, located at 176 Main St.

In November, bullets broke the plate-glass lobby window and traveled into an interior office, but none of the 20 people in the building at the time was hurt.

This time, the building was unoccupied when the pellets damaged the newly replaced windows.

Police were not able to release further details about the incident, because Sgt. Paul St. Amand, who responded to the incident on Sunday, was not working on Monday, according to police dispatcher Jeanne Kempers.

After the Dec. 20 shooting, business manager Jeff Rose said union officials planned to implement additional security measures to keep the people working in the building safe.

The December shooting happened in the early evening, when at least seven shots were fired from what police believed to be a passing car. At the time, Fairfield police Chief John Emery, currently out on administrative leave, said the union hall seemed to have been specifically targeted but he didn't know why.

Matt Hongoltz-Hetling -- 861-9287

mhhetling@centralmaine.com

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