But law enforcement officials say that drug killings were up in 2007.
In all, five separate drug-related homicides were recorded in Maine last year, the first time that’s happened since the state started keeping detailed records in 1970.
One of those killings was a parking lot shootout in Saco in which a 22-year-old Biddeford man used an assault rifle to fire off 15 rounds and kill another man, 25-year-old Seiha Srey of Cape Elizabeth, over a 7,500-dollar drug debt.
Srey, who was armed with a .45-caliber handgun, was shot in the head. The other man, Andy Luong, later shot himself to death after his car was disabled by police.
Maine’s record low for homicides was 11 in 2000. The worst year was 1989, when the state had 40 homicides.