26 Oct 2023

Maine Mass Shooting: 22 killed, over 50 Injured in Lewiston

At least 22 people lost their lives and 50 to 60 others sustained injuries in a series of mass shootings in Lewiston, Maine, on Wednesday, Reuters reported. At least two tragic mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine, resulted in large number of people dying and getting wounded.

The mass shootings in Lewiston occurred at a restaurant and a bowling alley in the city on Wednesday (local time).

The Lewiston, Maine Police Department has released an image of a person of interest connected to the shooting. According to the authorities, they are actively seeking Robert Card, born on April 4, 1983, in connection with the mass shooting at Schemengees Bar and Sparetime Recreation. 

Card is considered armed and dangerous, and the public is urged to contact law enforcement with any information on his whereabouts.

Lewiston police are currently addressing an active shooter situation that occurred at two different businesses. The suspect remains at large, and law enforcement is conducting an active manhunt.

On Wednesday evening, the Androscoggin County Sheriff's Office shared a photograph of the alleged gunman on Facebook, seeking assistance with identification. The sheriff's office also released images of the individual, who was seen holding a high-powered assault-style rifle.

Maine's Governor Janet Mills acknowledged the situation and called on all individuals in the area to follow the guidance of state and local law enforcement. She pledged to closely monitor the situation and maintain contact with public safety officials.

The Androscoggin County Sheriff's Office recommended that businesses in the area lock down or close while the investigation is ongoing.

FBI urged public to remain vigilant 

To manage the ongoing crisis, the Boston Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has initiated coordination with Maine's law enforcement and offered support with necessary resources. The FBI urged the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity or individuals to law enforcement immediately.

The Maine state police also issued an alert, urging residents to shelter in place and lock their doors due to the active shooter situation in Lewiston. They requested citizens to call 911 if they observed any suspicious activity or individuals.

Vehicle of interest located in Lisbon, Maine

A vehicle of interest was located in Lisbon, Maine, Mike Sauschuck, state commissioner for the Department of Public Safety, said during a news briefing Wednesday night.

Lisbon is about 8 miles (13 km) southeast of the city of Lewiston, where the shooting unfolded earlier Wednesday.

Residents in Lisbon and Lewiston are being told to shelter in place as the manhunt for a person of interest, Robert Card, continues, he said.

Hundreds of officers continue to search for Card as he remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous, Sauschuck said.

Sauschuck noted the shootings began around 6:56 p.m. ET on Wednesday evening and there were multiple locations involved.

Eyewitness described a large police and ambulance presence 

An eyewitness said that she saw "definitely more than a dozen" people leaving the bowling alley where one of the shootings in Lewiston, Maine, happened Wednesday evening.

Nichoel Wyman Arel described a large police and ambulance presence outside of Sparetime Recreation following the deadly incident. Arel said she saw officers patting people down as they came out of the bowling alley.

Arel was driving home with a friend from Girl Scouts when they came across the tragic scene. Arel captured footage of people being patted down and leaving the bowling alley.

She saw a person who looked like they "had blood all over them" but couldn't tell if they were injured themselves. "It's all kind of a blur. I wasn't really taking in a lot of the details," Arel said.

Arel also said that she saw children on the scene with their families.

US President Joe Biden was briefed on the Lewiston mass shooting incident. The White House announced that President Biden had spoken with Maine Governor Janet Mills, Senators Angus King and Susan Collins, as well as Congressman Jared Golden individually. He offered federal support in response to this tragic attack.

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