At Least 22 Dead In Multiple Mass Shootings In Maine Town; Suspect Identified, Still At Large
Authorities in Maine are investigating three mass casulaty events and a single suspect remains at large, the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office said in a post on Facebook.
“We are encouraging all businesses to lock down and or close while we investigate,” the sheriff’s office said.
As The Sun Journal reports, 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.
Lewiston public information officer Derrick St. Laurent told the Sun Journal at about 8:15 p.m. that another shooting was reported at the Walmart Distribution Center on Alfred A Plourde Parkway.
CNN reports that at least 22 people are dead, according to Lewiston City Councilor Robert McCarthy, and dozens more are injured in the incidents, though it’s unclear how many are injured due to gunfire.
🚨#BREAKING: Mass Casualty Incident Declared as Active Shooter Strikes Multiple Locations
Currently, numerous emergency personnel and other authorities are responding to an active shooter in Lewiston, Maine. Reports indicate that at least 16 people,… pic.twitter.com/M3S6TAcp9l
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The Sheriff’s office released this image of the alleged suspect….
The Maine State Police have named Robert Card as a person of interest. A trained firearms instructor and army reservist who has recently been released from a mental health facility…
Maine State Police also said they are responding to an active shooter situation in Lewiston in a post on Facebook.
“Please stay inside your home with the doors locked,” state police said.
“If you see any suspicious activity or individuals please call 911.”
In a statement, the FBI said its Boston division is coordinating with law enforcement partners in Maine and stands “ready to assist with any available resources,” and urged the public to remain vigilant.
Maine Gov. Janet Mills said Wednesday night she has been briefed on the situation.
“I urge all people in the area to follow the direction of State and local enforcement. I will to continue to monitor the situation and remain in close contact with public safety officials,” the governor said on Facebook.