A minimum of 22 individuals are lifeless and dozens are injured following two shootings Wednesday evening at a bowling alley and a restaurant in Lewiston, Maine, authorities say. An intensive manhunt is underway for an individual of curiosity within the shootings, in keeping with officers.
Robert Card, 40, of Bowdoin, is an individual of curiosity and needs to be thought-about armed and harmful, Maine Division of Public Security Commissioner Mike Sauschuck stated.
Regulation enforcement officers in Maine inform CNN that Card is an authorized firearms teacher and a member of the US Military Reserve. Card had not too long ago made threats to hold out a taking pictures at a Nationwide Guard facility in Saco, Maine, and likewise reported psychological well being points, together with listening to voices, the officers stated.
Throughout a information convention Wednesday evening, Sauschuck declined to offer additional details about Card. “We’re not ready to enter (Card’s) background,” he stated.
A minimum of 22 folks have been killed, Lewiston Metropolis Councilor Robert McCarthy instructed CNN, citing a metropolis administrator.
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The shootings occurred round 7 p.m. ET, Sauschuck stated. Lewiston police reported energetic taking pictures incidents at Sparetime Recreation, a bowling alley on Mollison Method, and Schemengees Bar & Grille Restaurant on Lincoln Avenue.
“We’re encouraging all companies to lock down and or shut whereas we examine,” the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Workplace stated in a put up on Fb Wednesday night.
The sheriff’s workplace launched photos of a “suspect for identification.” The particular person might be seen holding a high-powered assault-style rifle.
Residents of Lewiston and the neighboring city of Lisbon are beneath shelter-in-place orders, Sauschuck stated.
A “car of curiosity” was present in Lisbon, the commissioner stated. Earlier, Lewiston police stated they have been looking for a car and posted a picture of what seemed to be a small, white SUV with a entrance bumper believed to be painted black. Maine State Police confirmed to CNN the picture is of the suspect’s automobile.
Lewiston is about 36 miles north of Portland and is the state’s second-largest metropolis.
“Please keep inside your own home with the doorways locked,” state police stated in a put up on Fb. “Should you see any suspicious exercise or people please name 911.”
A metropolis spokesperson initially instructed the Solar Journal newspaper that one other taking pictures was reported at a Walmart distribution middle, however an organization spokesperson instructed CNN none of Walmart’s services was concerned within the incidents.
Officers within the close by metropolis of Auburn additionally “strongly urged” residents to shelter in place as a result of ongoing energetic shooter state of affairs, in keeping with a post on X, previously Twitter.
Auburn is lower than 2 miles west from Lewiston.
In a press release, the FBI stated its Boston division is coordinating with legislation enforcement companions in Maine and stands “prepared to help with any accessible sources,” and urged the general public to stay vigilant.
Maine Gov. Janet Mills stated Wednesday evening she has been briefed on the state of affairs.
“I urge all folks within the space to comply with the route of State and native enforcement. I’ll to proceed to observe the state of affairs and stay in shut contact with public security officers,” the governor stated on Fb.
CNN’s Jamiel Lynch, Josh Campbell, Christina Maxouris and Chris Boyette contributed to this report.
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