On Wednesday night at a bowling club and a restaurant in Lewiston, Maine, almost 16 people died and numerous were injured. That incident happened after a shooting. An extensive manhunt is underway for a person of interest.
Bowdoin resident Robert Card, 40, is a person of interest and ought to be regarded as armed and dangerous, according to Commissioner Mike Sauschuck of the Maine Department of Public Safety.
Maine law enforcement sources claim that Card is a certified weapons instructor and a member of the US Army Reserve.
The officials claimed that Card had lately threatened to shoot at a National Guard facility in Saco, Maine. He had also reported experiencing mental health problems, such as hearing voices.
On Wednesday night, during a press conference, Sauschuck declined to provide further details about Card. We’re not ready to delve into Card’s past, he said. Law enforcement sources report that at least sixteen people have lost their lives.
Lewiston City Councilor
Citing a city administrator, Lewiston City Councilor Robert McCarthy informed me on Wednesday night that 22 people had died. Many were hurt, although it wasn’t immediately apparent how many of those injuries were caused by gunshots, according to law enforcement sources.
According to Sauschuck, the shootings happened at around 7 p.m. ET. Sparetime Recreation, an arcade on Mollison Way, and Schemengees Bar & Grille Restaurant on Lincoln Street were the sites of active shooting incidents, according to Lewiston police.
The Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office stated on Facebook Wednesday night, We are urging every company to lock down and/or close while we investigate. A “suspect for identification” was featured in photos released by the sheriff’s office.
The person is observed using a potent assault-style rifle. According to Sauschuck, a shelter-in-place order has been issued for the citizens of Lewiston and Lisbon, a nearby municipality. Lisbon was the site of a “vehicle of interest,” the commissioner stated.
Earlier, Lewiston police released an image of what seemed to be a small, white SUV with a black-painted front bumper, along with an announcement that they were searching for an automobile. Maine State Police told News that the vehicle in the photo is that of the suspect.
Lewiston, about 36 miles north of Portland, is the second-largest city in the state. The state police made an appeal on Facebook for residents to stay inside their locked homes.
Please dial 911 if you witness any unusual behavior or persons. A company representative told the news channel that none of Walmart’s locations were connected to the incidents, contrary to what a city spokesperson had initially told the newspaper, which said there had been a report of another gunshot at a Walmart distribution site.
According to a post on X, formerly Twitter, authorities in the neighboring city of Auburn also “strongly urged” citizens to remain indoors due to the ongoing active shooter situation. Lewiston is less than 2 miles west of Auburn.
In addition to advising the public to proceed with caution, the FBI issued a statement stating that its Boston division is collaborating with law enforcement partners in Maine and is ready to provide any necessary assistance.
As of Wednesday night, Maine Governor Janet Mills said she had been informed about the situation. I implore everyone in the vicinity to heed the instructions of local and state law enforcement.
The governor posted on Facebook, saying, I will keep an eye on the situation and stay in close communication with a public safety official