Robert Card, identified as a person of interest in the Maine mass shooting, remains at large as law enforcement intensifies its search.
UPDATE: On Friday, 27 October 2023, Maine authorities confirmed that, after an intensive two-day manhunt, Robert Card was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Maine mass shooting death toll rises: Here’s everything we know
The devastating incident unfolded in Lewiston, Maine, starting at approximately 19:00 EDT on Wednesday, 25 October 2023 (approx. 02:00 CAT on Thursday).
Police first received reports of a shooting at a bowling alley hosting a children’s event.
Subsequent shootings were reported at a nearby bar and grill and a Walmart Distribution Centre. By 21:00 EDT (approx. 04:00 CAT), there were reports of a possible fourth shooting.
The death toll, initially reported as 16, has risen to 22, according to City Councilor Robert McCarthy.
The number of wounded is estimated to be around 60. Residents of Lewiston, a community of about 39,000 people, have been urged to stay indoors and lock their doors.
“Due to the ongoing investigation, Mollison Way will be closed until further notice. River Rd will be closed from Locust St to South Ave. Residents of River Rd will be allowed into the closed area. Thank you for your cooperation,” Maine state police warned in a Facebook post.
PICTURES: Robert Card identified as prime suspect
The Lewiston Police Department has released a photo of Robert Card, naming him as a person of interest in the mass shooting.
The police warned that Card should be considered “armed and dangerous,” urging the public to avoid contact with him.
Maine Public Safety Commissioner Mike Sauschuck stated that hundreds of police officers work statewide to locate Card.
Information about Card reveals that he has military training as a firearms instructor at a US Army reserve training centre in Maine.
However, he also has a history of mental health issues, including stays in a mental health facility and reports of “hearing voices.” Card had also reportedly made threats against a National Guard facility in Saco, Maine.
Additionally, police have shared photos of an abandoned white SUV with its doors open, seeking public assistance for information.
Traffic in the affected areas has been restricted, and multiple “shelter in place” orders are in effect. Many schools and Maine Health campuses have also been closed for the day as a precautionary measure.