Latest updates on the case: Three men were shot during an altercation in front of 105 India Street at 1:00 AM July 11, 2012. One of the victims, 24 year old Matthew Blanchard, died as a result of his injuries. The other victims are identified as 24 year old Joshua Hersom and 20 year old John Howard. Hersom and Howard underwent surgery and are expected to recover. All three men are Portland residents.
Blanchard was riding a bicycle and accompanied by three other men when the shooting occurred. Witnesses report seeing two black or Asian men in the area just prior to the shooting. The nature of the altercation between the groups is not clear. The perpetrators are believed to have fled on foot heading west on Congress Street.
Police are looking for an Asian man with a stocky build, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, in his late teens to early 20s, with an extensive neck tattoo. The man is a "person of interest" in the case.
Anyone with information about this case or was in the area is asked to contact Portland Police Detectives by calling 207-874-8533.
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