Lewiston High Alert Intensive Manhunt Fatal Maine Shootings
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Lewiston’s Intense Manhunt

On Wednesday night, authorities in Lewiston revealed that following a large-scale shooting event in Lisbon, Maine, they are actively searching for an individual referred to as the “interesting person,” involving “multiple fatalities.”

During a press conference, Mike Saucier, the Public Safety Commissioner of Maine, stated that 40-year-old Robert Card of Bowdoin, Maine, is considered armed and dangerous, and his vehicle was found near Lisbon Street. Saucier mentioned that there have been multiple fatalities, but he declined to specify the exact number, saying that the count is consistent across all maps. The shooting incident began at 6:56 PM.

Lewiston’s Armed Suspect Manhunt

In a Facebook post, the Lewiston Police Department shared an image of Card’s driver’s license, which depicted the same individual as seen in surveillance images. He was described as wearing a brown suit shirt and carrying a long-barreled AR-style rifle when he entered a bowling alley in a picture issued by authorities.

The department encouraged the public to contact law enforcement agencies if they have any additional information about Card’s whereabouts.

Armed Suspect Manhunt
Armed Suspect Manhunt

A shelter order has been issued for Androscoggin County, Maine, as authorities are actively searching for the suspect involved in the Wednesday evening shooting. Prior to this, residents were advised to stay indoors as law enforcement conducted a search in the area.

Hospital Response and Community Grief

Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston stated that they are responding to a “large-scale, major incident” and are coordinating with area hospitals to transport patients.

The Lewiston Police Department has indicated that the objective of this search is connected to at least two locations affected by gunfire – Schooner’s Bar and Grill and Spare Time Recreation, a bowling alley. It is not clear which location was targeted first, and the exact number of shots fired is also unknown.

Schooner’s Bar and Grill posted on their Facebook page, “My heart is broken. I am at a loss for words. Your world can change in a second, for no apparent reason. We’ve lost great people in our community. What can we do? Does it mean anything? Send everyone prayers.”

Lewiston Mayor Carl Sheline expressed his grief for the city and its residents, saying, “My heart aches for our city and our people. Lewiston is known for our strength and resilience, and we will need both in the days to come.”

Hospital Response to Maine Shooting Incident

The police department has advised people to stay off the roads to ensure that emergency responders can have easy access to hospitals for those injured during the incident. Commissioner Saucier stated that hundreds of law enforcement officers from around the state of Maine are currently working on the case.

Maine Medical Center, Portland, has activated its alert staff and is preparing for the possible transfer of patients, with a focus on providing critical care and operating room space.

In a statement sent to local media, the organization stated, “At this time, MMC can confirm that it is receiving a patient transfer from Central Maine Medical Center. Other MaineHealth facilities also stand ready and are preparing to provide care. Due to the fluid nature of this situation, MMC and other MaineHealth hospitals have closed their campuses to non-hospital personnel and non-patients until further notice.”

Lewiston Closures After Tragedy

In a Facebook post, the City of Lewiston announced that all municipal buildings will be closed on Thursday. The post mentioned, “This includes City Hall, 27 Pine Street, Lewiston Public Library, 200 Lisbon Street, and the Armory, 65 Central Avenue. All programming, events, or early voting are canceled at City Hall. Non-essential personnel should plan to stay home.”

Lewiston Closures
Lewiston Closures

Lewiston Public Schools Superintendent confirmed that all classes will be canceled on Thursday.

In a statement on the school system’s webpage, Superintendent Jake Langlais said, in part, “There are many unknowns at this time. Information is evolving quickly but not always accurately.”

Lewiston Receives Federal Support

The White House indicated that President Biden has been briefed on the shooting incident, and he has offered “full federal support” in response to this “terrible attack.” In addition, the Department of Justice has declared, “The Attorney General has been briefed and will closely monitor the situation.” Federal agencies enforcing federal law are partnering with state and local law enforcement in Lewiston, Maine.”

Lewiston is the second-largest city in Maine, with an approximate population of 40,000 people, located about 40 miles from Portland. Lewiston is a diverse community, including a significant population of Somali refugees, as well as a substantial number of Franco-Canadians. In recent years, the city has encountered economic difficulties.

In 2022, there were a total of 29 homicides in the state of Maine, with 15 of them being domestic incidents.

A news briefing by law enforcement agencies is expected to take place at Lewiston City Hall on Thursday morning at 10:30 AM.

Conclusion

Lewiston, Maine, remains on high alert as authorities hunt for a suspect involved in a fatal shooting incident in Lisbon. The person of interest, Robert Card, is considered armed and dangerous. The shooting occurred at 6:56 PM, prompting a shelter order in Androscoggin County. The community is in shock, with residents offering prayers and support for the victims. Local and federal authorities are working together to bring the perpetrator to justice.

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