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The perpetrator behind the Maine shooting, which left 18 dead, has been found dead.
Robert Card, 40, a sergeant at a US Army Reserve base, had been the focal point of an intense manhunt after the tragic incidents at a Lewiston bowling alley and restaurant. Governor Janet Mills expressed, “Like many people, I am breathing a sigh of relief tonight, knowing that Robert Card is no longer a threat to anyone.”
Investigators believe that Card took his own life, with his remains discovered in woods near the town of Lisbon. A suicide note addressed to Card’s son was also found, although it failed to provide a motive for the shooting.
Before the shooting, Card had battled mental health issues, receiving psychiatric treatment earlier in the year. His military records, dating from 2002, indicated no combat experience, but they did document troubling reports of auditory hallucinations and threats against a National Guard base.
In response to the shooting, President Joe Biden deemed the events as “senseless and tragic,” renewing his appeal to Congress for enhanced gun control measures, including universal background checks and prohibitions on specific weapons and magazines.