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Getting capped for fixing the kitchen sink...

Two shot at Worcester home improvement store
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) -- Two people were shot at Lowe's Home Improvement store Monday afternoon, according to a company spokeswoman. Their conditions were not immediately known.

One of the people shot was an employee and the other was a contractor for the store, according to Lowe's corporate spokeswoman Chris Ahearn. The identity of the shooter and the person's relationship to the victims was not known.

Ahearn said the store is closed and police are investigating.

Police did not immediately comment on the shooting.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 

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]Police Searching For Store Shooting Suspect
Pickup Truck Found In New Hampshire


POSTED: 6:14 AM EST December 16, 2003
UPDATED: 7:29 AM EST December 16, 2003

WORCESTER, Mass. -- Police are still searching for a man who allegedly shot two people inside a Worcester home improvement store Monday afternoon, then fled in his pickup truck. Officers now say they've found the truck in New Hampshire, but there's no sign of its owner.

NewsCenter 5's Gail Huff reported that police are looking for Mark Anthony LeBreton, 38, of Auburn, Mass., New Hampshire police confirmed that they found Lebreton's pickup truck in Lincoln, N.H., in the White Mountains, not far from North Conway, N.H.

LeBreton is being sought in connection with Monday's shooting in which two men were targeted at the Lowe's home improvement store at 533 Lincoln St. about 4:30 p.m. Monday.

Both men were taken to the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, one with a gunshot wound in the neck. He was in critical condition Tuesday morning. One of the victims is an employee of the store and the other is a contractor for the store.

Witnesses said a man walked into the store late Monday afternoon and started shooting.

"The lady said, 'Hey, he's got a gun,' and I said, 'Uh oh,' and people ducked and ran and went this way and he was at that end," said witness Tom Martin.

"The weapon used at Lowe's was a semiautomatic pistol," said Worcester police Sgt. Gary Quitadamo.

LeBreton, also a contractor, is described as being 6 feet, 1 inch tall, about 200 pounds, with blue eyes and graying brown hair. His truck was described as a white Chevrolet Silverado with Massachusetts license plates and the name of his contracting firm, "LeBreton and Sons," on the side doors.

According to the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, LeBreton's brother, Kevin, is an Oxford, Mass., police officer and he called Auburn police Monday before the shootings to warn them.

Police said they believe LeBreton owns an AK-47 assault rifle. Other sources said he also owns a hunting rifle with a scope, has access to police scanners and also owns a bulletproof vest. They said he may have a hit list as well.

Overnight, police surrounded LeBreton's street in Auburn and searched his friends' homes. He was a member of an Auburn gun club and often frequented the American Legion post there.

"Mark would help anybody. Mark was a great guy. It's kind of amazing. We're all distraught," said Karyn Chapman, a patron at the post.
 

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This happened about 3 minutes from my house... at the Lowes I frequent every other day... pretty close to home... :( Weird how it puts a different spin on it...
 

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12/17/2003 11:21:56 EST Suspect in Mass. Store Shooting Arrested



A man wanted in a shooting that wounded two men at a Massachusetts home supply store was arrested in upstate New York early Wednesday after a brief highway chase, authorities said.

Mark Anthony LeBreton, a 38-year-old contractor, was accused of shooting a former business collaborator and a second man Monday at a Lowe's Home Improvement store in Worcester, Mass.

The shooting touched off a two-day manhunt through Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York that ended with LeBreton's arrest in Worcester, N.Y., about 50 miles southwest of Albany.

State police said officers spotted LeBreton at about 7:15 a.m. on Interstate 88, and six police cars became involved in the chase. Trooper Bill Khachadourian said in the end, LeBreton threw a handgun out his car window and did not put up any resistance.

Worcester, Mass., police Sgt. Gary Quitadamo said LeBreton was in custody on two counts of armed assault with intent to murder and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon. He was expected to be brought back to Massachusetts to face the charges.

Steven Collins, a neighbor of LeBreton's, was in critical condition Wednesday at UMass Memorial Medical Center with a bullet wound to his neck. James Walling, a Lowe's employee who apparently did not know LeBreton, was recovering from a gunshot wound to the shoulder.

Collins, a contractor who installs equipment for Lowe's customers, had done business with LeBreton, but somewhere their relationship soured, authorities said. Both live in Auburn, just south of Worcester, Mass.

"Our investigation indicates a business association did exist between the seriously injured victim and the suspect," Quitadamo said. "We have not been able to establish a specific motive or set of events that led to the shooting."

LeBreton's brother, an Oxford, Mass., police officer, had alerted officers just before the shooting that his brother was armed and suicidal, Auburn Police Chief William E. Stone said.

Phone calls LeBreton allegedly made Tuesday afternoon led the investigation to upstate New York. Earlier, there had been a sighting in New Hampshire's White Mountains.

Authorities had said LeBreton had a semiautomatic handgun and an AK-47 assault rifle.

LeBreton's father, Leo LeBreton, said from his home in Laurens, S.C., that he was relieved his son had been caught.

"My prayer now is the other person survives his injuries," he said. "Half the nightmare is over. That's the next part."
 
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