Two mass shootings in Lewiston, Maine, descended into chaos Wednesday night, leaving at least 16 people dead and 50 injured. The incident occurred around 7 p.m. ET at Spare Time Recreation bowling alley and Skimenzies Bar & Grill Restaurant.
The suspect in the shooting, identified as Robert Card, 40, of Bowdoin, is currently the subject of an extensive investigation. Authorities consider him armed and dangerous. Card, a certified firearms instructor and U.S. Army Reserve officer, reportedly threatened to shoot at a National Guard facility in Saco, Maine. Officials said he also disclosed mental health issues, including hearing voices.
At a news conference, Maine Public Safety Commissioner Mike Sorshak provided limited information about Card’s background and emphasized that the investigation is ongoing. Following the shooting, the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office ordered businesses to go on lockdown and residents in Lewiston and the nearby town of Lisbon were told to shelter in place.
Law enforcement agencies, including the FBI Boston Division, are coordinating a search for the cards. A vehicle associated with the suspect was found in Lisbon. Lewiston police posted an image of the suspect’s car. This car is a small white SUV that appears to have a black front bumper.
The nearby city of Auburn also issued a shelter-in-place order in response to a number of active shooter incidents in Lewiston.
**Warning: There is an ongoing shooting in Lewiston. All Auburn and Lewiston residents are urged to shelter in place, lock all doors, and report any suspicious persons or activity to her 9-1-1. Most businesses in the area have closed or are closing. **
— Auburn, Maine (@AuburnMaineGov) October 26, 2023
Due to the scale of the tragedy, Governor Janet Mills issued a statement urging residents to follow the instructions of law enforcement. President Joe Biden has reached out to Maine’s governor and members of Congress, offering full federal support.
Hospitals, including Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, were mobilized to respond to the deadly incident. Hospitals were placed on lockdown and prepared for potential patient transfers while other medical facilities in Portland remained on alert.
The shooting shocked the community of Lewiston, a city of about 37,000 people. Schools were closed as a precautionary measure, as were municipal buildings.
A law enforcement press conference is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. ET at Lewiston City Hall and will provide further information regarding the ongoing investigation.
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