At least 22 killed after gunman opens fire a bar and a bowling alley in different locations in Maine
More than 50 people were wounded in the two separate shootings in the state’s second-largest city on Wednesday night
Mass shootings happened at the Sparetime Recreation bowling alley and Schemengees Bar and Grille Restaurant in Lewiston
Police identified Robert Card, a trained firearms instructor with past mental health issues, as the shooter
The 40-year-old Army Reservist stationed out of Saco, Maine, recently reported “hearing voices” and threatened to shoot up the base
Committed to a mental health facility over the summer, he was released after a two-week stay
Suspect caught on surveillance camera as he went on a shooting rampage at two locations Wednesday night, injuring more than 50 people, leaving 22 people dead at a bar and a bowling alley in Lewiston Maine. Manhunt is on for the the killer, said to be a 40-year-old Army reservist stationed in Saco, Maine
A gunman went on a deadly shooting rampage in Lewiston, the second largest city in Maine Wednesday night, killing 18 – 22 people according to statements issued by different agencies, after his mass shooting at a bar and a bowling alley, sparking a massive manhunt for the killer who remains a fugitive.
More than 50 people were wounded in the two separate shootings in Lewiston. The city was put under a shelter-in-place order following the nightmare that began just before 7 p.m.
“I still feel like this whole thing is a nightmare,” Kathy Lebel, the co-owner of Schemengees Bar and Grille Restaurant, where at least 14 people were shot, told the Sun Journal.
About four hours after initial reports of the shootings in Lewiston, police identified a man who lives in the city of Bowdoin as a person of interest.
Robert Card, a 40-year-old trained firearms instructor with past mental health issues has since been confirmed as the shooter.
Surveillance image released by police Wednesday show the suspect, believed to be Robert Card, entering the Sparetime Recreation bowling alley in Lewiston, Maine, armed with a military style rifle
Card, believed to be an Army Reservist stationed out of Saco, Maine, recently reported “hearing voices” and threatened to shoot up the base, according to law enforcement sources.
The suspected gunman’s life began spiraling out of control over the summer, when his military reserve commanders became alarmed over statements he made targeting his own unit. He was reportedly committed to a mental health facility over the summer and was released after a two-week stay.
By Thursday morning, a multi agency force of more than 100 state and federal law enforcement officials were participating in the manhunt for the fugitive.
Law enforcement warned the public that Card should be considered armed and dangerous.
The car police believed he was driving, a white Subaru Outback, was found near the Lisbon boat dock on Frost Hill Avenue near Route 196. Police were knocking on doors of nearby homes while helicopters remained in the area Wednesday night.
Maine State Police issued an advisory to local residents and businesses to lock their doors and shelter in place.
“Please stay off the streets and allow law enforcement to diffuse the situation,” the state agency warned residents. “If you see any suspicious activity or individuals please call 911.”
Mugshot of the alleged mass shooter Robert Card who injured 50, leaving killed 22 dead in separate shootings at the at Spare time Recreation bowling alley and the Schemengees Bar and Grille Restaurant in Lewiston Maine on Wednesday night
Authorities did not provide details on the shootings and possible victims, but the Androscoggin Sheriff’s Office shared two images of the suspect carrying a rifle and said there were “two active shooter events” on its Facebook page.
Emergency personnel were called to separate shootings at Spare time Recreation bowling alley and Schemengees Bar and Grille Restaurant, the Sun Journal reported.
A source told the newspaper that at least 14 people inside the restaurant were shot.
Lebel, the eatery’s co-owner, wasn’t working at the time but said she was told a gunman walked into Schemengees and just “started shooting.”
“It was just a fun night playing cornhole … it’s the last thing you’re expecting, right?” Lebel told the Sun Journal.
Police in Lewiston, Maine said the possible suspect was driving a white Subaru Outback.
Police issued shelter in place warning in Lewiston, Maine on Wednesday as the search for the ‘armed and dangerous’ gunman continues
Early police reports suggested that the gunman may have gone to a third location, a local Walmart distribution center, but those reports were later debunked by a spokesperson for the chain who said the center was placed on lockdown as a precaution.
While support was called in from neighboring towns, some as far away as New Hampshire, to provide mutual aid.
Dozens of residents searching for missing loved ones tried to get answers outside Central Maine Medical Center, the closest hospital to the shooting scenes, where staff were “reacting to a mass casualty, mass shooter event,” according to the center’s website.
Armed security guards stood at the hospital’s main entrance for hours to ensure the safety of visitors and patients.
Maine State Police and officers of the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Dept. responded to an active shooter situation at multiple locations in Lewiston, Maine on Wednesday night
A woman told the station that she hasn’t been able to reach her adult son who was reportedly shot while playing pool at Schemengees Bar with her ex-husband. She doesn’t know if he’s alive or dead.
“My ex-husband and my son were playing pool. And next thing I know, I saw on Facebook that there was a shooting at Schemengees where they were playing,” the woman named Julie told the station outside Central Maine Hospital, where she and his wife and son gathered to wait for answers.
“We’re all waiting and we’ve learned nothing,” she said. “They won’t tell us if he’s alive, if he’s in critical condition, if he’s passed — they won’t tell us anything.”
The second location the reported an active shooting situation was the Spare time Recreation bowling alley, in Lewiston
The suspect Robert Card, studied engineering at the University of Maine from 2001 to 2004 — though it’s unclear if he graduated, a school spokesperson told NBC News.
Maine Gov. Janet Mills said she has been briefed on the active shooting situation in Lewiston, a city about 36 miles north of Portland.
“I urge all people in the area to follow the direction of State and local enforcement,” she wrote on X. “I will to continue to monitor the situation and remain in close contact with public safety officials.”
Emergency personnel load a victim into an ambulance at one of the the scenes of the mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine on Wednesday
Deputies stand in front of stretchers lined up outside the emergency room at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston on Wednesday night following deadly mass shootings at multiple locations by deranged weapons expert Robert Card that injured 50 people, killing 22
It was reports that from just one location, Schemengees, there were 14 to 16 gunshot victims and that United Ambulance was transporting victims to area hospitals. With dozens of stretchers and medical staff lined up at the Emergency Department entrance at Central Maine Medical Center, the hospital asked for medical helicopter aid from a Boston hospital. It was expected to pick up victims at Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport for transport to Boston-area hospitals.