Following a major shooting that took place at two places on Wednesday night and left at least 22 people dead and 30 injured, a massive manhunt is currently underway in Maine.
Law enforcement is still verifying the precise number of victims, according to Maine Public Safety Commissioner Mike Sauschuck, at a late-night press briefing, because the situation is still “very fluid.”
The number of deaths on Wednesday is startling for a state that only had 29 homicides in 2022 as a whole.
Robert R. Card, 40, of Bowdoin, Maine, has been listed by the Lewiston Police Department as a person of interest as of Wednesday night; a suspect has not yet been named. Card is a firearms instructor with military expertise, citing an internal Maine Information and Analysis Center report.
The alert states that Card is thought to be stationed out of Saco, Maine in the Army Reserve.
According to the authorities, Card should not be approached if he appears to be “armed and dangerous.”
Lewiston police posted on Facebook that they were “attempting to locate Robert Card 4/4/1983, as a person of interest regarding the mass shooting at Schemengees Bar and Sparetime Recreation this evening.” Card ought to be regarded as hazardous and armed. If you know where he might be, please get in touch with the police.”
The bowling alley was rebranded to Just in Time Bowling lately, although it was once known as Sparetime Recreation, according to local news sources.
Authorities believe that Card might have a police scanner and be deliberately listening to some of their moves. To support local law enforcement, the FBI has sent scores of agents to the area in the last several hours. Also activated and on the scene are SWAT squads.
According to the advisory, which quoted law enforcement, Card also recently disclosed mental health difficulties, including hearing voices, and allegedly made threats to shoot up the National Guard base in Maine.
It has also been stated that he spent two weeks during the summer in a mental health facility.
A news conference is scheduled to take place at Lewiston City Hall Thursday (10/26/2023 at 10:30 a.m