According to the governor of Maine, there were at least 18 gun-related deaths and 13 injuries throughout the state. At a Lewiston restaurant and bowling alley, a man opened fire, killing the victims, and then raced away into the night. This prompted a large hunt involving hundreds of police, and on Thursday, terrified locals remained inside their houses under a shelter-in-place advisory.
Robert Card, the shooting suspect, is thought to be armed and dangerous, according to the police as the hunt for the killer continues. Shots went out at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, sending bowlers running under pins, into corners, and into a back room. A police bulletin named Card, 40, as a person of interest in the attack. Card was identified as a firearms instructor posted to a training centre in Saco, Maine, and thought to be in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Canada Border Services on High Alert
Officers stationed along the Canada-U.S. border have received a “armed and dangerous” alert from the Canada Border Services Agency, alerting them to the possibility of a man suspected of shooting at least eighteen people in southern Maine to death crossing into Canada.
According to the CBSA, it is collaborating with RCMP, US Customs and Border Protection, and other Canadian and American law enforcement agencies to “protect Canada’s borders against any threat or attempt at illegal entry.”
As of Thursday afternoon, the Maine State Police stated, shelter-in-place orders will be in effect for a number of locations in the state. This includes Lisbon, where authorities discovered a “vehicle of interest” following the attacks on Wednesday, and Lewiston, the scene of two gunshots that left 18 people dead and 13 injured. Afterwards, early on Thursday morning, the town of Bowdoin and the city of Auburn were also placed under an extended shelter-in-place order by the Maine State Police.
Augusta, the capital of Maine, declared on Thursday that police will step up patrols until the person responsible for the Lewiston mass shootings is apprehended.
Lewiston, where a shooter killed at least 18 people in two locations on Wednesday night, is about a 40-minute drive from Augusta. After the shooter avoided police, a massive manhunt ensued. The city urged locals to be watchful and contact Maine State Police if they have any information on the shootings or the suspect, Robert Card.
Regarding the shooting, Karine Jean-Pierre, the press secretary for the White House, encouraged Congress to enact legislation on Thursday to address the epidemic of gun violence.