In a harrowing episode of violence, at least 22 individuals were killed, and over 50 injured, following a mass shooting that occurred in Lewiston, the second-largest city in the American state of Maine. The shooter remains at large, with multiple agencies diligently searching for him.
Detailed Investigation Underway
Maine, positioned in the northeastern part of the United States and neighboring New York, has been shaken to its core. The Androscoggin County Sheriff's Office has promptly released two images depicting a man with a rifle, who is believed to be the primary suspect in the devastating incident.
The horrifying event unraveled across three separate buildings, one of which was a restaurant. While it's still early in the investigation, initial information points towards a 40-year-old man named Robert Card as the potential perpetrator.
Law enforcement agencies have identified him as a "person of interest" in the case and have cautioned the public that he should be considered "armed and dangerous."
A Disturbing Background Emerges
Further complicating the narrative is the fact that the alleged suspect has ties to the military.
According to Maine police, Card is a trained firearms instructor who was previously coached by the army. More alarmingly, he had recently undergone treatment at a mental health facility. His troubling history includes reported auditory hallucinations where Card claimed to hear "voices." He had also, at one point, made threats about launching an attack on an Army training base situated in Saco, Maine.
In light of these alarming details, the residents of Lewiston were promptly advised to evacuate, a move ensuring their safety as the search for the suspect continues. As the nation grapples with this tragedy, the White House released a statement informing the public that President Joe Biden has been made aware of the grim situation unfolding in Maine.
He is closely monitoring the developments and is expected to address the nation once more information becomes available. In these challenging times, the resilience of the Lewiston community will undoubtedly be tested. The coming days will reveal more about the incident, the motivations behind it, and the steps that will be taken to prevent such tragedies in the future.