In an unprecedented act of violence in the quiet town of Lewiston, At least 18 people lost their lives in mass shooting which took place on Wednesday night at two different locations: the restaurant Schemengees Bar and Grille y la bolera Sparetime Recreation.
The shooting has left the community shocked and prompted a massive response from local authorities. The death toll is unusually high for a state that experienced only 29 homicides in all of 2022.
The search for the suspect Robert Card, continued as security measures were implemented in several communities and schools and health care services were closed. Investigations into the motives and circumstances of the shooting are ongoing.
This is how the terrible events unfolded that claimed the lives of at least 18 people and left 13 injured.
- Authorities received a report of a mass shooting at two different locations in Lewiston, Maine. The affected locations were the Schemengees Bar and Grille restaurant and Sparetime Recreation, a bowling alley located about 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) away.
- Authorities were deployed and the first reports of the attack began to arrive.
- It was confirmed that the victims included adults and young people, since a youth bowling competition was being held at that precise moment. The place became a macabre scene, with terrified families and the community in a state of shock.
- Investigators moved to identify the alleged perpetrator.
- Authorities identified Robert Card, 40, as the alleged perpetrator of the massacre. An arrest warrant was issued for eight counts of murder related to the shooting, with ten of the victims remaining unidentified.
- Card was described as a firearms instructor, and is believed to have been in the US Army Reserve assigned to a training center in Saco, Maine.
- According to a police bulletin, Card had been committed to a mental health facility for two weeks in the summer of 2023. No details were provided about his treatment or condition, but it was learned that Card had reported “hearing voices and threats to shoot” the military base.
- Alarming data indicate that Card had also threatened to shoot up the military base, as revealed in a police bulletin distributed to law enforcement officials.
- Two images released by the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office showed Card entering an establishment with a gun and pointing it.
- The warning was extended to people not to leave their homes in Androscoggin County, including the community of Lisbon, after a “vehicle of interest” was found in that area. The warning was extended to Bowdoin, located in Sagadahoc County.
- Schools in several communities, including Kennebunk, Bates College and Bowdoin College, closed out of an abundance of caution. Classes were also canceled at the University of Southern Maine’s Gorham and Portland campuses.
- Central Maine Healthcare announced the closure of all medical offices in Lewiston and six surrounding communities for the day.
- All elective surgeries were canceled at Central Maine Medical Center.
- The state of Maine, known for its gun ownership culture rooted in hunting and shooting traditions, does not require permits to carry weapons.
- The magnitude of this tragedy did not go unnoticed throughout the country. The president of the United States, Joe Biden, ordered the flag to be flown at half-mast at the White House and all federal government buildings in memory.
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