Law enforcement in Maine is searching for the shooter responsible for the deaths of 18 people at a bowling alley and a restaurant in Lewiston. Robert Card, the suspect, was located at an abandoned building in Lisbon on Wednesday evening. The significance of a note discovered during a search of Card’s residence is currently being investigated by police. Floodlights, a robot, and flash bombs were all used as police surrounded Card’s family home near Bowdoin on Thursday night, backed up by an armored vehicle and aircraft.
The Maine State Police are heading the investigation with help from the Lewiston Police Department and the Boston offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Janet Mills, the governor, remarked that the city’s residents did not deserve this awful attack on their safety and tranquility.
Mr. Card, age 40, is a sergeant in the Army Reserve and a trained firearms instructor. Since 2002, he’s been serving as a petroleum supply expert at a Saco, Maine, Army Reserve training center. Mr. Card, according to the authorities, claimed to have been “hearing voices” and threatened to open fire on the military training facility where he was stationed.
Both Lewiston and Lisbon, as well as Auburn and Bowdoin, were still under shelter-in-place orders as of this writing. On Wednesday night, shortly before 7 o’clock, a gunman entered the shortly-In-Time Recreation (previously Sparetime) bowling alley and opened fire. Eight persons were killed at Schemengees Bar & Grille around 10 minutes after the initial seven deaths at the bowling alley. The death toll has risen to 18 as three more victims who were shot during the violence have now passed away.
The widespread repercussions of the manhunt for the shooter led to the closure of public schools in Portland, Maine’s largest city, even while the suspect was still at large. In light of the manhunt, outdoor gear manufacturer L.L. Bean closed its Maine headquarters, flagship store, and factories.