At least 22 people dead and ‘person of interest’ sought after shootings in Lewiston, Maine, officials say.
A horrifying incident unfolded in Lewiston, Maine, as 22 people lost their lives in a dual shooting at a bowling alley and a restaurant on Wednesday night. Dozens more were injured, prompting a massive manhunt for the person of interest, Robert Card, aged 40, hailing from Bowdoin. Maine’s Department of Public Safety Commissioner, Mike Sauschuck, has labeled Card as armed and dangerous, urging extreme caution.
Card, identified as a certified firearms instructor and a US Army Reserve member, had made alarming threats regarding a shooting at a National Guard facility in Saco, Maine. Mental health concerns, including auditory hallucinations, were also reported. Law enforcement officials, while providing limited details about Card, emphasized the ongoing investigation’s intensity.
The shootings occurred at Sparetime Recreation, a bowling alley on Mollison Way, and Schemengees Bar & Grille Restaurant on Lincoln Street around 7 p.m. ET. As the city grapples with this tragedy, residents of Lewiston and neighboring Lisbon have been instructed to shelter in place, staying vigilant and reporting any suspicious activities to the authorities.
The Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office issued a lockdown advisory, urging businesses to close and residents to secure their homes. Additionally, a vehicle of interest was discovered in Lisbon, adding a layer of complexity to the ongoing investigation. The FBI’s Boston division and various law enforcement agencies are coordinating efforts, ensuring all available resources are deployed.
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