December 2, 2023

Bowdoin, Maine (CNN) — A manhunt for a suspect accused of killing 18 individuals in a bowling alley and a restaurant in Maine surpassed 24 hours Thursday night – on a day that noticed legislation enforcement twice converge on the suspect’s final identified handle for searches.

The second time authorities massed at Robert Card’s residence in Bowdoin on Thursday introduced tense moments within the night, as legislation enforcement officers surrounded the house and one officer may very well be heard saying “come out together with your palms up.”

However that episode appeared to finish uneventfully, with authorities leaving the scene two hours later and Maine State Police saying they have been achieved there for the night time. Investigators had thought they detected one thing inside or close to the house, which prompted the exercise, a legislation enforcement official mentioned.

Authorities have been merely doing their due diligence whereas making an attempt to execute search warrants, Maine Division of Public Security spokesperson Shannon Moss advised CNN Thursday in regards to the night’s exercise.

Investigators’ visits to the house got here amid an intensive manhunt for Card, a suspect in Wednesday night’s taking pictures at a bowling alley and at a restaurant in Lewiston, Maine. The taking pictures killed 18 individuals and injured 13 others, Gov. Janet Mills mentioned Thursday.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Card, 40, accusing him of homicide, Maine State Police Col. William Ross mentioned throughout a Thursday information convention. He “ought to be thought-about armed and harmful,” officers mentioned.

Thursday’s first main legislation enforcement convergence on the Bowdoin dwelling got here within the afternoon, as investigators executed a search warrant, on the lookout for gadgets like computer systems, notes, weapons and any proof which may point out a plan to hold out, legislation enforcement sources advised CNN.

The FBI used “dynamic entry” procedures, with flash bang units, throughout the afternoon search, on the possibility that the suspect may need been mendacity in wait, the sources advised CNN.

Authorities additionally searched one other location and the suspect’s automobile Thursday, the sources mentioned. Legislation enforcement are anticipated to return to Bowdoin on Friday to analyze additional, Moss mentioned.

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The manhunt has led to a shelter-in-place order overlaying Androscoggin and northern Sagadahoc counties – an space that features Lewiston and close by Auburn and Lisbon – in addition to the closures of faculties, companies and different services. Greater than 350 legislation enforcement personnel are concerned within the seek for Card, officers mentioned.

Card, of Bowdoin, is an authorized firearms teacher and a member of the US Military Reserve, legislation enforcement officers in Maine advised CNN. He had just lately threatened to hold out a taking pictures at a Nationwide Guard facility in Saco, Maine, and reported psychological well being points, together with listening to voices, the officers mentioned.

Card’s household is urging him to give up, his brother Ryan Card confirmed to CNN through textual content message. He wouldn’t inform CNN if his brother has responded to the household’s requests.

“(We) have helped legislation enforcement in any manner attainable,” Ryan Card advised CNN.

“The police have been given something that we will supply to facilitate their efforts,” and “there are a lot of individuals hurting on the market, please deal with them … that is many individuals’s worst nightmare.”

Some within the space awakened Thursday to officers with lengthy weapons scouring their neighborhoods.

“Nerves are rattled proper now – (I’m) keeping track of the woods,” mentioned Cory, a resident of Lisbon whose 10-year-old daughter was inside his dwelling. “Seeing the cops coming round right here, that makes me really feel 1,000,000 occasions higher.”

With a demise toll of 18, the rampage seems to be the deadliest mass taking pictures of the yr in the US and the deadliest since a gunman killed 19 college students and two academics at a college in Uvalde, Texas, in Could 2022. There have been 565 mass shootings this yr throughout the nation, with 4 or extra shot excluding the shooter, in line with the Gun Violence Archive.

Of the 18 victims in Lewiston, seven have been discovered lifeless on the bowling alley Simply-In-Time Recreation and eight have been discovered lifeless at Schemengees Bar & Grille, whereas three others died on the hospital, Ross mentioned.

Central Maine Medical Middle took in 14 sufferers over about 45 minutes Wednesday night, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Alexander mentioned at a noon information convention Thursday. Eight sufferers are nonetheless hospitalized, together with three in crucial situation and 5 in steady situation. As well as, three died, two have been discharged and one was transferred, he mentioned.

“This can be a darkish day for Maine,” Mills mentioned on the information convention. “It’s laborious for us to consider therapeutic when our hearts are damaged.”

Card faces an arrest warrant for eight counts of homicide, Ross of Maine State Police mentioned. “Ten (victims) haven’t but been recognized. As these persons are recognized, the counts will in all probability go to the full of 18.”

By Thursday morning, your entire Lisbon Police Division had been referred to as in to hunt for the shooter and ensure companies have been closed, Chief Ryan McGee mentioned.

“We need to find the person, be certain that our neighborhood’s stored protected,” McGee mentioned, “so largest factor I can say is guarantee that if the neighborhood sees something, keep inside, don’t strategy, name the police division.”

How the taking pictures unfolded

The rampage started shortly earlier than 7 p.m. in Lewiston, a largely working-class neighborhood positioned halfway between Portland, the state’s most populous metropolis, and Augusta, the state capital.

Authorities mentioned they obtained 911 calls of a taking pictures at Simply-in-Time Recreation, a bowling alley on Mollison Method, at 6:56 p.m. About 12 minutes later, authorities obtained a number of 911 calls about an lively shooter at Schemengees Bar and Grille Restaurant, about 4 miles away.

Ross mentioned there was a “massive response” from a number of companies in what he described as a “fluid” scene.

Folks ran away from Simply-in-Time Recreation as police cruisers responded to the scene, video obtained by CNN reveals. An individual on a stretcher was loaded into an ambulance, one other video from exterior the bowling alley reveals.

Nichoel Wyman Arel was on her manner dwelling together with her daughter from a Lady Scout assembly when she noticed police lights and ambulances across the bowling alley and folks working. At the very least one individual appeared to be coated in blood, she advised CNN’s Laura Coates.

Arel and her daughter noticed officers patting individuals down as they got here out of the bowling alley, she mentioned.

“There have been youngsters. Wanting again, that was in all probability the toughest half is seeing simply households; households pouring out of there,” Arel mentioned. “And figuring out that that occurred in there whereas they have been simply in all probability making an attempt to have a household night time.”

When she acquired dwelling, Arel locked up the home, together with home windows, she mentioned. Her daughter “was scared any person was going to return into our dwelling.”

A “automobile of curiosity” was discovered Wednesday night time 8 miles from Lewiston in Lisbon, prompting shelter-in-place-orders for that space, Maine Director of Public Security Michael Sauschuck mentioned.

A US Coast Guard official advised CNN they’re “on the lookout for any suspicious vessel proper now” as they search from the air and on the water for Card.

Legislation enforcement officers discovered Card’s automobile deserted on the Pejepscot Boat Launch in Lisbon, Maine. Public information present he owns a small energy boat. Investigators recovered a gun whereas looking out the automobile, a legislation enforcement official advised CNN on Thursday.

It has not been decided if the firearm was used within the taking pictures, the supply mentioned. Federal brokers are conducting a hint on the weapon.

A number of of the victims have already been recognized.

Tricia Asselin, 53, was a kind of killed. She labored half time at Simply-In-Time Recreation and was there bowling Wednesday night time when the gunman got here in and opened fireplace, her brother DJ Johnson advised CNN.

“What I’m advised is that when it began occurring, she ran as much as the counter and began to name 911, and that’s when she was shot,” Johnson advised CNN. “That was simply her. She wasn’t going to run (away). She was going to try to assist.”

His different sister, Bobbi Nichols, additionally was on the bowling alley and was capable of escape, he mentioned.

Nichols advised CNN’s Jake Tapper on Thursday that she and Asselin have been bowling with leagues on completely different lanes when the gunfire began.

She described a chaotic scene the place individuals ran and trampled over one another. She was unable to see her sister, she mentioned.

When Nichols acquired exterior the bowling alley, she ran and ultimately hid behind timber with others.

“I stored asking, ‘The place’s my sister’? She’s in there and I simply needed to be with my sister,” Nichols mentioned tearfully.

Nichols, who mentioned Asselin referred to as 911 when pictures rang out, didn’t discover be taught her sister had died till hours after the shootings. “My sister is a hero,” she mentioned.

Leroy Walker, a metropolis councilor in Auburn, advised CNN affiliate WGME that his son, Joseph Walker, was the supervisor of the bar at Schemengees and died within the taking pictures there. Walker mentioned state police advised his son’s spouse that Joseph was killed after he picked up a knife and went after the gunman to try to cease him.

Walker mentioned his son’s demise took him again to about 25 years in the past when he misplaced his daughter in a automobile accident, WGME reported.

“When my youngest son advised me that he thought his brother, my son, was lifeless, it simply crumbled me another time,” Walker advised WGME.

Suspect made statements about hurting troopers, sources say

Card, a sergeant first-class, was on the Camp Smith coaching facility in upstate New York this summer season when he began making statements about listening to voices and having ideas about wanting to harm fellow troopers, legislation enforcement sources advised CNN’s John Miller.

Consequently, he acquired a command referral to a army hospital and spent a couple of weeks beneath analysis.

Card’s sister-in-law, Katie O’Neill, mentioned in a quick dialog with CNN on Thursday that Card doesn’t have a protracted historical past of psychological well being struggles.

“That is one thing that was an acute episode. This isn’t who he’s,” O’Neill mentioned. “He isn’t somebody who has had psychological well being points for his lifetime or something like that.”

Card is a petroleum provide specialist within the Military Reserve and first enlisted in 2002, in line with information offered by the Military on Thursday. He has no fight deployments, in line with the information.

Military spokesperson Bryce Dubee mentioned in a press release that Card didn’t prepare with the Military as a firearms teacher, “nor did he serve in that capability for the Military.”

Clifford Steeves of Massachusetts advised CNN he knew Card once they served within the Military Reserve collectively, beginning within the early 2000s till a few decade in the past. He mentioned he by no means witnessed any regarding habits from Card.

“He was a really good man – very quiet. He by no means overused his authority or was imply or impolite to different troopers,” Steeves mentioned. “It’s actually upsetting.”

Steeves mentioned Card by no means noticed fight however had intensive coaching, together with firearms coaching and land navigation, “so he can be very snug within the woods.” He described Card as an “outdoor kind of man” and a talented marksman who was among the finest shooters in his unit.

In a Thursday information convention, authorities didn’t present particulars on a possible motive.

Nonetheless, one working concept, in line with legislation enforcement sources, is that Card just lately broke up with a longtime girlfriend and that they used to frequent to the bowling alley and bar.

Horror strikes a small metropolis

Lewiston is a sprawling residential and industrial space simply off the Maine Turnpike and is dwelling to 2 hospitals and the non-public liberal arts college Bates School. It’s a largely working-class neighborhood, with a median family earnings of about $48,000 and by which about 16% of the inhabitants lives in poverty, in line with the US Census.

The governor, who met her husband in Lewiston, described it as a “particular place.”

“It’s a close-knit neighborhood with a protracted historical past of laborious work, of persistence, of religion, of opening its huge coronary heart to individuals in all places,” Mills mentioned. “This metropolis didn’t deserve this horrible assault on its residents, on its peace of thoughts, on its sense of safety. No metropolis does, no state, no individuals.”

President Joe Biden has spoken by cellphone with Maine lawmakers and “provided full federal help within the wake of this horrific assault,” the White Home mentioned in a press release.

Lewiston Mayor Carl Sheline is “heartbroken for our metropolis and our individuals,” he mentioned. “Lewiston is understood for our energy and grit and we’ll want each within the days to return.”

Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce President Shanna Cox on Thursday referred to as the scene of each assaults “household places.”

“It was household league exercise on the bowling alley. The likeliness of this having direct impression for thus many right here is so actual.”

Auburn Mayor Jason Levesque misplaced associates within the taking pictures, he advised “CNN This Morning.” A young person who went to high school along with his son was shot and is predicted to recuperate, he mentioned.

There’s going to be only a few individuals on this neighborhood that haven’t been touched by this,” he mentioned. “It’s going to be with me for the remainder of my life, and it’s actually laborious for me to clarify that.”

“The opposite of us that I knew that have been there both as witnesses or relations of witnesses; it’s clearly traumatic,” Levesque mentioned. “The brilliant spot was seeing people reunified with their family members after not figuring out for thus lengthy, however on the on the opposite facet, those that have been ready and ready, in all probability would by no means be reunified.”

Simply-In-Time Recreation is “devastated for our neighborhood and our workers. We misplaced some wonderful and entire hearted individuals from our bowling household and neighborhood final night time,” it mentioned in a press release on Fb. “There are not any phrases to repair this or make it higher.

CNN’s Lauren Mascarenhas, Jamiel Lynch, Sara Sensible, Josh Campbell, Chris Boyette, Curt Devine, Casey Tolan, Isabelle Chapman, Allison Gordon, Nouran Salahieh, Pamela Brown, Allison Gordon, Haley Brtizky, Hannah Rabinowitz and Joe Sutton contributed to this report.

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