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A manhunt is underway in Maine, with authorities seeking Robert R. Card, 40, linked to mass shootings at a Lewiston bar and bowling alley that left 22 people dead and dozens injured.
In a press briefing, Maine Public Safety Commissioner Mike Sauschuck stated, “We have literally hundreds of police officers working around the state of Maine to investigate this case to locate Mr. Card, who is a person of interest.”
Preliminary investigations revealed that Card, recently diagnosed with mental health complications, might be tied to the crime scenes where photographs depicted a man resembling him wielding a semi-automatic rifle. Additionally, Card, a US Army reserve member and trained firearms instructor, reportedly threatened a National Guard base after experiencing mental health issues.
Lewiston, a town of roughly 38,000 residents located about 35 miles north of Portland, is reeling from the events. The community remains on high alert, with residents of both Lewiston and neighboring Lisbon urged to stay indoors. Kris Brown, president of the gun safety advocacy group Brady, mourned the losses, saying, “A recreation center. A bowling alley. A neighborhood bar. Places Americans frequent and should feel safe… these are the crime scenes of multiple shootings tonight in Maine.”
The tragedy has reignited discussions on Maine’s gun safety regulations, which some argue lacks comprehensive checks and “red flag” laws.
President Joe Biden has been briefed and extended federal support to Maine’s leadership in managing the aftermath of this tragic incident.