Authorities are trying to determine the motive of the ex-convict they say shot five people, two of them fatally, during a rampage across northern Maine. Anthony Lord was arrested at his uncle's home in Houlton yesterday and faces murder and kidnapping charges, State Police Lt. Sean Hashey said. A woman who was being held with him was safe, he said. Investigators said Lord knew some of the victims, but authorities gave no information about possible relationships. Officers, detectives, and evidence technicians will work through the weekend to piece the case together. The shootings left 58-year-old Kevin Tozier and 22-year-old Kyle Hewitt dead. Two other men and one woman were treated for gunshot wounds and were expected to survive.
The outburst of violence started Thursday night with a fire at a barn in Benedicta and then escalated early yesterday when a man was robbed of his guns and pickup truck in Silver Ridge. Before his arrest, Lord shot people in Benedicta and Lee, police said. Lord, 35, has a criminal record that includes convictions for domestic assault, criminal threatening, and assault. He was placed on the state's sex-offender registry after being convicted of unlawful sexual contact with someone under the age of 14. State police also are investigating the death of his 6-month-old son, who was discovered unresponsive by his mother in Millinocket in May. (Read more Maine stories.)