A man talks to a policeman Saturday evening after a 41-year-old Turner man was fatally shot at the Walmart parking lot in Auburn. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

AUBURN — The man who was fatally shot Saturday evening in the parking lot at Walmart has been identified as Jean Fournier, 41, of Turner.

Fournier was shot twice in the back in a possible case of road rage, according to police.

He died at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said detectives worked well into the night questioning a man involved in the shooting, along with several others who were nearby.

Witnesses who spoke with the Sun Journal at the scene said the two men got into an argument and then a fistfight before Fournier was shot.

The man who was seen shooting Fournier stayed at the scene, and told witnesses he shot in self-defense.


Witnesses also said one of the men called the other man’s wife a name, which may have spurred the conflict.

Fournier had started to walk away when the other man pulled out a gun and shot him, witnesses said.

An autopsy was to be performed Sunday by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Augusta.

The car, driven to the parking lot by the shooter, was taken to the State Police Crime Lab in Augusta for analysis, according to McCausland.

No one had been charged as of Sunday night as detectives continued to investigate the shooting.

More than 100 people showed up Sunday night for a candlelight vigil in the Walmart parking lot where Fournier was shot.


The mood was somber and tense throughout the vigil as people lit candles and set them in a circle. Some also tied balloons together and set them near the candles, while others placed photographs of Fournier with his friends and family at the center of the circle.

One woman placed a handwritten cardboard sign reading “MORE LOVE, LESS VIOLENCE” at the center of the circle.

After those in attendance lit candles and set them inside the circle, members of Fournier’s family led others in reciting the Lord’s Prayer.

Several people who knew Fournier said he was a “great man” who would “do anything for his friends and family.”


Friends and family of Jean Fournier, 41, of Turner light candles and set them in a circle Sunday evening during a vigil at the Walmart parking lot in Auburn. Fournier was fatally shot Saturday afternoon in the lot. Matthew Daigle/Sun Journal

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