Mass Shooting At Lewiston, Maine: Here’s What You Need To Know

A large manhunt is underway in Maine following a mass shooting that occurred in two locations Wednesday night, killing at least 22 people and injuring 30, according to Fox News’ Jacqui Heinrich, who cited a law enforcement source.

In a late-night news conference, Maine Public Safety Commissioner Mike Sauschuck stated that law enforcement is not yet confirming an exact number of victims since the situation is “very fluid.”

Mass Shooting At Lewiston, Maine: Here's What You Need To Know

The death toll on Wednesday is startling for a state that had 29 homicides in 2022.

While no suspect has been identified, the Lewiston Police Department recognised Robert R. Card, 40, of Bowdoin, Maine, as a person of interest on Wednesday night. Card is a firearms instructor with military expertise, according to an internal Maine Information and Analysis Centre report acquired by Fox News.

According to Fox News’ David Spunt, who cited a senior law enforcement source, investigators are aware Card may have a police scanner and may be actively listening in on some of their moves. Over the last few hours, the FBI has sent scores of agents to the area to help local law enforcement. SWAT units have also been deployed on the ground.

According to the bulletin, Card is reported to be in the Army Reserve stationed in Saco, Maine.

Card should not be approached, according to authorities, because he is “armed and dangerous.”

“Law Enforcement is attempting to locate Robert Card 4/4/1983, as a person of interest regarding the mass shooting at Schemengees Bar and Sparetime Recreation this evening,” Lewiston police announced in a Facebook post. “Card should be considered armed and dangerous. Please contact law enforcement if you are aware of his whereabouts.”

According to local news sites, the bowling alley was recently renamed Just in Time Bowling, but it is better known by its previous moniker, Sparetime Recreation.

According to the warning, Card recently revealed mental health difficulties, including hearing voices, and allegedly threatened to shoot up the National Guard base in Maine.

Over the summer, he was also reportedly sent to a mental health facility for two weeks.

Lewiston residents were advised to “shelter in place” and “stay inside your home with the doors locked.”

The Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) stated at midnight on Thursday that the shelter-in-place order had been expanded to include the municipality of Lisbon.

Authorities discovered Card’s white Subaru Outback at the Lisbon boat dock on Frost Hill Avenue near Route 196, prompting the enlarged order.

Officials in Androscoggin County eventually issued a shelter-in-place order for the whole county, advising people to “make sure your homes and vehicles are secured.”

The active shooting incidents occurred at two different sites, according to the Lewiston Police Department: Schemengees Bar & Grille Restaurant and Sparetime Recreation.

According to authorities, Mollison Way, where Sparetime Recreation is located, is closed until further notice while the investigation is ongoing. River Road is likewise restricted to all but residents from Locust Street to South Avenue.

The Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office released two images of the suspect, who was spotted on surveillance cameras wearing a brown hoodie and clutching a weapon as he walked through doors decorated with bowling pins and a bowling ball.

Central Maine Medical Centre, a level two trauma centre, issued a statement Wednesday night stating that it was responding to a “mass casualty, mass shooter event.”

As of 9 p.m., the hospital stated that it could not provide details on the number of casualties.

“Central Maine Healthcare is coordinating with area hospitals to take in patients,” said a statement from the hospital.

A reunification facility has been set up at Auburn Middle School in Auburn, Maine, for individuals who are concerned about the whereabouts of loved ones.

President Biden was briefed on the deadly incident, according to the White House.

“The President has been briefed on what’s known so far about the mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine, and will continue to receive updates,” the White House said in a statement.

Maine Gov. Janet Mills said on X, formerly Twitter, that she was aware of the shooting and urged locals to heed law enforcement’s recommendations.

“I am aware of and have been briefed on the active shooter situation in Lewiston. I urge all people in the area to follow the direction of State and local enforcement,” Mills wrote. “I will to continue to monitor the situation and remain in close contact with public safety officials.”

According to an X statement, the FBI Boston is communicating with state and local law authorities and is ready to assist as needed.

“The FBI Boston Division continues to coordinate with our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners in Maine, and we stand ready to assist with any available resources they need, including evidence response, investigative and tactical support, as well as victim assistance. We continue to urge the public to remain vigilant and report any and all suspicious activity and/or individuals to law enforcement immediately. As this situation is still very fluid, we have no further comment at this time and will refer you to the Maine State Police,” the bureau wrote.

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