Lewiston Mass Shootings: 16 Fatalities and Scores Injured in Tragic Incident in Maine

At least 16 dead, dozens wounded in Lewiston shootings police give few details on overnight search for gunman
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Lewiston, Maine – A series of shootings in Lewiston on Wednesday night resulted in at least 16 people losing their lives, and numerous others sustained injuries, making it one of the deadliest shootings in Maine’s history.

During a news conference late Wednesday, Department of Public Safety Commissioner Michael Sauschuck did not confirm the exact number of casualties. Still, the Associated Press, relying on information from unidentified law enforcement sources, reported 16 deaths. Earlier, Androscoggin County Sheriff Eric Samson and a Lewiston city councilman had suggested that as many as 22 people may have died.

The Maine State Police are currently searching for 40-year-old Robert Card in connection with the shootings, which occurred at Sparetime Recreation and Schemengees Bar & Grille. Card, a resident of Bowdoin, is a trained firearms instructor and is believed to be a member of the U.S. Army Reserve based in Saco. State police disclosed that he had recently reported mental health issues, including hearing voices, and had made threats to attack the National Guard base in Saco. They also warned the public that Card should be considered armed and dangerous.

The events unfolded around 7:15 p.m. during a youth bowling night at Sparetime Recreation, which had been recently renamed Just-In-Time Recreation. Shortly afterward, another shooting was reported at Schemengees Bar & Grille on Lincoln Street, approximately four miles away. An additional report suggested a shooting at the Walmart Distribution Center on Alfred A Plourde Parkway, but later, Walmart clarified that there had been no shooting on their property.

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In response to these incidents, the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office issued a shelter-in-place order for the entire county, while Lewiston schools went into lockdown during parent-teacher conferences. Many schools in the area, including those in Lewiston, Auburn, Lisbon, and other neighboring towns, have announced plans to remain closed on the following day.

Lewiston Mayor Carl Sheline and Auburn Mayor Jason Levesque both expressed their condolences and urged residents to be cautious and stay home. Bates College and Bowdoin College were on lockdown, and Bates College canceled classes for the next day.

The situation prompted a significant regional and statewide response, with multiple agencies cooperating in the investigation. Governor Janet Mills was briefed on the events and urged residents to follow the guidance of law enforcement. President Joe Biden also offered federal assistance to support the affected community, and Senator Angus King planned to return to Maine to provide support.

This tragic incident in Lewiston is one of the deadliest mass shootings in the U.S. since 1966, according to The Violence Project Mass Shooter Database. As the investigation continues, the community is grappling with the profound impact of this devastating event.

This story is still developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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