Rumford Man Allegedly Fired a Gun at a Man and a 14-Year-Old Girl
A Rumford man is facing multiple charges after allegedly shooting at a man and a 14-year-old girl in the street.
Devontay Tituss Cook, 22, of Rumford was arrested after an incident that happened at around 7:30 Tuesday evening. Members of the Rumford Police and Oxford County Sheriff's Office responded to the area around Ralph's Store, on the corner of Cumberland Street and Essex Avenue, to a report of a man firing a gun on the street. The man was allegedly aiming at two people, a 23-year-old man from Rumford and a 14-year-old girl from out of town.
Was Anyone Hurt?
When investigators arrived, they found the two alleged targets of the assault and confirmed that neither they nor anyone else on the street had been hurt in the incident. They learned, with the help of eyewitnesses, that multiple shots had allegedly been fired. Those residents were also able to identify Cook as the alleged gunman.
Police located Cook a short distance from the scene and took him into custody, without further incident. He's charged with two felonies:
- Attempted elevated aggravated assault
- Reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon
Officials executed a search warrant at Cook's Falmouth Street apartment, seizing firearms and ammunition. He was taken to the Oxford County Jail, pending his first court appearance.
Why Was the Man Shooting?
So far, police have not commented on a motive for the shooting or indicated whether the two victims were acquainted with the gunman. They are encouraging any residents in the neighborhood who may have seen the incident, or who may have captured it on video, to reach out to investigators at 207-364-4551.