Authorities in Maine are currently searching for an individual who is believed to have a connection to a mass shooting that occurred at two separate locations in Lewiston. The tragic incident has resulted in the deaths of at least 16 individuals and numerous others have been injured. Here is the current information that has been gathered:
The number of fatalities is predicted to increase, as certain media outlets have indicated that more than 20 individuals have lost their lives. According to CNN, authorities have disclosed that there were “an additional 50 to 60 individuals who sustained injuries” in addition to the deaths.
Police have identified the individual of interest as 40-year-old Robert Card. According to a bulletin from state police, Card is a firearms instructor at a US army reserve training facility in Maine. An extensive manhunt involving hundreds of officers is currently underway.
The inhabitants of Lewiston and the neighboring town of Lisbon are currently under orders to stay in their homes, with officials recommending that they secure their doors and consider Card to be a threat. They have been cautioned against approaching him if spotted. All government buildings in Lewiston will not be open on Thursday.
The two shootings occurred at Sparetime Recreation bowling alley and Schemengees Bar & Grille Restaurant.
Central Maine Medical Center reported that their employees were responding to a situation involving a large number of casualties and a mass shooter. They were also working together with nearby hospitals to admit patients.
According to the White House, Joe Biden has personally communicated with Maine’s governor Janet Mills, senators Angus King and Susan Collins, and congressman Jared Golden via telephone.
According to a database compiled by the Associated Press, USA Today, and Northeastern University, the recent shooting in Lewiston marks the 36th mass killing in the United States this year.
Police will hold a press briefing at 10:30am in the local time zone.
Stated on their Facebook page.
The Maine Gun Safety Coalition is urging legislators to approve a ban on assault weapons in light of the shootings that occurred on Wednesday night.
On Thursday, the chair of the board, Camilla Shannon, issued a statement stating:
The Maine Gun Safety Coalition expresses condolences to the families and friends affected by the recent mass shooting. We were horrified to witness the tragic events in Lewiston, Maine, which were a direct result of inadequate gun regulations.
We urge our elected leaders to no longer comply with the demands of the gun industry and instead confront the reality of what has occurred in the second largest city of Maine.
The Maine Gun Safety Coalition strongly advocates for an assault weapons ban as a crucial step in preventing future tragedies within our state.
Maine has described the shooting as “insanity in the guise of liberty”.
King tweeted on Thursday, expressing his distress over the recent shootings that took place less than 50 miles away from his residence. He also mentioned that he attended high school in Lisbon. He strongly believes that the root cause behind such tragic events is the availability of rapid-fire weapons and urges people to stop electing leaders who support such violence in the name of freedom.
He remarked that this is not something that occurs in other countries.
Announced on Thursday morning.
Earlier today, the college announced that the shelter-in-place requirement has been prolonged to include the towns of Bowdoin and Lisbon, Maine.
As of now, there have been no reports of any deaths among Bates students or employees.
I recognize the difficulties faced by employees currently on campus and sincerely appreciate your dedication to adhering to guidance from authorities to remain on campus and avoid traveling on roads.
For students currently on campus, we understand the difficulties of this situation for you and the stress of being instructed to remain in your residences. The shelter-in-place directive poses obvious obstacles for dining, as we are unable to have staff at Commons right now and students are not able to access Commons for meals.
Our objective is to offer food and foster community once we have determined it is safe to do so, in collaboration with the Lewiston police department,” stated the college.
In a statement, the grocery store franchise announced:
Our stores are complying with all shelter in place recommendations and instructions from law enforcement. This is a changing situation and we will give updates as soon as we can. The well-being and safety of our employees and customers is our main concern. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of our employees and community members as we all deal with this devastating event together.
As stated by the US Concealed Carry Association.
According to USCCA, Maine allows both open and concealed carry without requiring a permit.
The report states that the state lacks laws for extreme risk protection orders or red flag laws. These laws would enable law enforcement to prevent individuals at high risk of harming themselves or others from accessing firearms.
The Giffords Law Center, which monitors gun laws nationwide, reports that Maine does not have any legislation limiting the possession of assault weapons.
The state does not have a law that requires a waiting period before buying a firearm. In June, the state senate voted against a proposed 72-hour waiting period for purchasing guns.
According to Giffords, Maine mandates that courts send a summary of any court-ordered involuntary commitment to both the state’s public safety department and bureau of identification for mental health reporting.
Giffords reported that in 2019, the state implemented a process for imposing firearm limitations on individuals placed in protective custody.
According to this legislation, if someone is placed in protective custody, a doctor must determine if they pose a potential danger. This determination is given to the police and, if approved by a judge, leads to a temporary restriction on the person’s ability to own or obtain a firearm.
There is currently a high level of activity at Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.
A video shared online depicts police officers armed and stationed outside the hospital’s entrances. According to NewsNation reporter Alex Caprariello, the hospital is currently under lockdown and visitors are not permitted to enter and visit their loved ones.
The police have requested that Maine residents continue to shelter-in-place in the morning. According to NBC News, officials are advising this course of action.
We greatly value your cooperation with this suggestion as we collaborate with various law enforcement agencies to ensure the safety of residents and businesses in the community while they go about their daily tasks.
Authorities in Maine are currently searching for a potential suspect in relation to a deadly shooting at two separate locations in Lewiston. The tragic incident has resulted in the loss of 16 lives and numerous injuries. Here is the current information that has been released.
According to various media outlets, the number of fatalities is likely to increase, as reports indicate that over 20 people have already lost their lives. CNN has received information from law enforcement sources stating that an additional 50 to 60 individuals have been wounded in addition to those who have died.
The authorities have identified the “person of interest” as 40-year-old Robert Card. According to a bulletin from the state police, Card is a firearms instructor at a US army reserve training facility in Maine. A large number of police officers are currently participating in a search for him.
The citizens of Lewiston and neighboring Lisbon are currently under a shelter-in-place mandate, with officials urging them to stay indoors and secure their doors. They have been cautioned to consider Card as a potentially “armed and dangerous” individual and to avoid approaching him if spotted. All government buildings in Lewiston will be inaccessible on Thursday.
The Sparetime Recreation bowling alley and Schemengees Bar & Grille Restaurant have both been identified as the sites of the two shootings.
Central Maine Medical Center said its staff were “reacting to a mass casualty, mass shooter event” and were coordinating with area hospitals to take in patients.
According to the White House, Joe Biden has personally communicated with Maine governor Janet Mills, senators Angus King and Susan Collins, and congressman Jared Golden via phone calls.
According to a database created by the Associated Press, USA Today, and Northeastern University, the recent shooting in Lewiston marks the 36th mass killing in the United States this year.
Police authorities will host a press briefing at 10:30am, according to the local time.
At least 16 individuals have died in Maine.
There were two instances of gunfire resulting in several injuries in Lewiston at approximately 7pm. An hour after, the Androscoggin county sheriff’s office shared images of an armed individual, while the Maine state police declared a “live shooter” in Lewiston and instructed residents to stay indoors. At approximately 11pm, the police identified Robert Card as a potential suspect. Around 11:30pm, officials announced that a suspicious vehicle was discovered in Lisbon, located approximately eight miles from Lewiston. The Lisbon authorities have advised residents to continue staying indoors.
A shooting rampage in Maine has resulted in the deaths of 16 individuals.
Authorities are currently seeking a 40-year-old individual known as Robert Card and his white SUV. He is being considered a “person of interest.”
The Maine police department reported that roads near the location of the mass shooting will be closed.
On Facebook, it was announced that Mollison Way will be closed indefinitely due to an ongoing investigation. Additionally, River Rd will be closed from Locust St to South Ave. However, residents of River Rd will still have access to the closed area.
Mollison Way is near Sparetime Recreation, the bowling alley where one of the shootings took place.
The police are currently conducting a search for Robert Card, who is considered a person of interest. The search involves hundreds of officers.
According to police sources, the number of casualties in the two shootings that occurred in the city is expected to increase, with at least 16 people reported dead.
The citizens of Lewiston and the nearby town of Lisbon remain under shelter in place orders, with authorities advising people to stay inside with their doors locked.
We will temporarily stop updating our live blog, but you can find all the current information in our summary of the evening’s occurrences here.