The South Portland Police said a teenager was shot at about 8:40 Tuesday night in the upper parking lot of South Portland High School on Highland Avenue.
According to reports, the boy was shot in the leg and was reportedly transported to Maine Medical Center.
Police said early Wednesday they had spoken with several people in connection with their investigation and were working to establish a motive, but said it did not appear to be random.
They also stressed there was no evidence to suggest the shooting was school-related, other than the fact that it took place on school grounds.
South Portland Superintendent of Schools Tim Mahoney said in a statement Tuesday night that; “South Portland High School and school district administrators have been coordinating the district’s response to the shooting since earlier this evening. An incident response team will meet early Wednesday morning at SPHS and share updates with families tomorrow. Students who are concerned or are experiencing distress as a result of the incident are encouraged to see their counselors when they arrive at school.”
Large police presence could be seen early morning Wednesday close to the scene.
An officer on scene said the response was in connection with the shooting in the South Portland High School parking lot.
Deputies from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office could be seen alongside Westbrook police officers and police canines searching areas along Methodist Road.