Last night, one man entered a bowling alley and a bar in Lewiston, Maine with an AR-15-style rifle, and openly fired in both locations, leaving more than 20 people dead and over 50 injured.
A local Lewiston news source wrote that: “Police, fire and rescue personnel descended on Sparetime Recreation on Mollison Way about 7:15 p.m. after a report of an active shooter. Shortly after, reports came in that there was another shooting at Schemengees Bar & Grille Restaurant on Lincoln Street.”
After arriving at the scene, police confirmed at least 22 people had lost their lives. The local sheriff’s office also released surveillance footage of the man as he entered the bowling alley, telling all residents and people in the area to be on the lookout for their person of interest, 40- year-old Robert Card.
Police found Card’s vehicle abandoned 8 miles away from Lewiston in Lisbon. Card works as “a firearms instructor trained by the military” and was “recently committed to a mental health facility” according to a state police bulletin. The bulletin did not state specifically what Card’s condition is, but it did say: “Card had been committed to a mental health facility for two weeks in the summer of 2023 . . . Card had reported hearing voices and had threatened to carry out a shooting at the military training base in Saco, Maine.”
Law enforcement have asked people in and around Lewiston, Maine to be vigilant and stay inside behind locked door. Central Maine Medical Center says that it is trying to coordinate with other hospitals as they are “reacting to a mass casualty, mass shooter event.”
The Maine State Police plan to hold a press conference this morning to update the public on the tragic situation that has continued to unfold. As far as we are aware, Robert Card has not been located nor captured.