(TruthAndLiberty.com) – A devastating mass shooting unfolded on a Wednesday night in Lewiston, Maine, affecting two separate venues: Schemengees Bar and Grille, a restaurant, and Sparetime Recreation, a bowling alley situated about 4 miles apart. Witnesses at the bowling alley reported that the shooting started around 7 p.m. The incident resulted in a minimum of 16 casualties, although officials have not yet confirmed the exact number of fatalities.
Authorities have named 40-year-old Robert Card as a person of interest in the investigation. Card is not just any civilian; he is a firearms instructor in the Army Reserve who is assigned to a training facility in Saco, Maine. Given his expertise and background, police have warned the public that he is armed and highly dangerous. Adding complexity to his profile, it was revealed that Card had recently spent two weeks in a mental health institution. During his time there, he claimed to be hearing voices and expressed threats against a military base.
In response to the incident, the Maine State Police broadened their shelter-in-place recommendations to include not just Lewiston but also the nearby towns of Lisbon and Bowdoin. By Thursday morning, residents in these areas were advised to remain indoors, and many local schools suspended operations as a precautionary measure. Over 100 officers from both local and federal agencies are actively participating in the manhunt for Card.
A temporary gathering location for families and friends who are concerned about their loved ones was established at a local middle school. The area’s high-ranking officials, including Governor Janet Mills of Maine, were briefed on the situation. Mills urged citizens to heed the advice and directions of law enforcement agencies actively working on the case. President Joe Biden has also been in touch with Governor Mills and Maine’s Congressional representatives, Senators Angus King and Susan Collins, as well as Representative Jared Golden. All have offered federal support to resolve the situation and are actively monitoring developments.
The tragic events have shaken the community deeply, and officials at both the state and federal level are committed to bringing a resolution to this horrific incident.
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