LEWISTON, MAINE – A chilling wave of terror has swept across the state of Maine as authorities relentlessly pursue 40-year-old Robert Card, the suspect at the heart of the deadliest mass shooting in Maine’s history.
The tragic events unfolded on Wednesday night when the gunman opened fire in a crowded restaurant and a bustling bowling alley in Lewiston, leaving at least 22 people dead and dozens more injured. The exact number of casualties remains uncertain as emergency services continue their efforts.
Robert Card, now the subject of a statewide manhunt, is no stranger to law enforcement. Details from a US intelligence document have revealed that Card, described by police as “armed and dangerous,” is a military-trained firearms instructor who has recently undergone mental health treatment.
A bulletin circulated to law enforcement on Wednesday disclosed that Card had been committed to a mental health facility for two weeks during the summer, though specifics regarding his treatment or condition remain confidential.
Alarmingly, the document also noted that Card had previously threatened to execute a shooting at the Saco National Guard Base, further intensifying the urgency of the manhunt.
Public safety officials, including Mike Sauschuck, are urging the public to remain vigilant and cautious, emphasizing that Card is considered highly dangerous. “If people see him, they should not approach Card or make contact with him in any way,” Sauschuck advised.
The search for Card has mobilized hundreds of officers across Maine, all working tirelessly to bring him to justice. The investigation led authorities to a white SUV associated with Card, found abandoned at a boat launch on the Androscoggin River in Lisbon Falls.
In response to this discovery, an order for residents and business owners to shelter in place has been extended from Lewiston to Lisbon, a city approximately 8 miles away. Authorities are leaving no stone unturned as they work to ensure the safety of Maine’s residents and bring closure to this horrific chapter in the state’s history.
The nation’s eyes are now fixed on Maine, as communities come together in the wake of tragedy, and law enforcement officers work around the clock in the pursuit of justice.
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