More than a dozen killed in mass shootings in Lewiston, Maine; suspect remains at large

Law enforcement in Androscoggin County released an image of the suspect seen carrying a high-powered assault-style rifle. Photo courtesy of Androscoggin County Sheriff's Office.
1 of 4 | Law enforcement in Androscoggin County released an image of the suspect seen carrying a high-powered assault-style rifle. Photo courtesy of Androscoggin County Sheriff's Office.

Oct. 25 (UPI) -- More than a dozen people were killed and more than 50 people injured in multiple shootings in Lewiston, Maine, on Wednesday night, according to state police who ordered residents in several cities to shelter in place as a "manhunt" continues for the suspected shooter.

At least 15 and as many as 22 people were killed in the shooting, law enforcement sources told NBC News and CNN. Both outlets had previously reported as many as 22 deaths.


The Lewiston Police Department has named Robert Card, 40, as a "person of interest" in the mass shootings. He "should be considered armed and dangerous. Please contact law enforcement if you are aware of his whereabouts," the police department warned in a recent post on Facebook.

Maine State Police received reports of two separate active shooter situations in Lewiston at around 6:56 p.m. on Wednesday night, according to Commissioner Michael Sauschuck, who provided an update just before midnight EDT.


While Sauschuck would not confirm exact numbers, he called it a "very fluid situation" and admitted there are "multiple casualties" at a restaurant and bowling alley.

"We have literally hundreds of police officers working around the state of Maine to investigate this case, to locate Mr. Card who again is a person of interest."

Sauschuck said a vehicle of interest had been found in the city of Lisbon, which is about 8 miles southeast of Lewiston. Residents in Lisbon were also told to shelter in place as the manhunt for Card continues.

President Joe Biden spoke to a number of Maine lawmakers Wednesday night to offer the federal government's full support.

"The president spoke by phone individually to Maine Gov. Janet Mills, Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins, and congressman Jared Golden about the shooting in Lewiston, Maine, and offered full federal support in the wake of this horrific attack," the White House said in a statement.

King's office wrote in a post on X that the senator plans to travel to Maine on one of the first flights available "to be home to support Lewiston in any way he can."


The U.S. Justice Department and Homeland Security have also offered their support.

"Federal law enforcement agencies are assisting our state and local law enforcement partners in Lewiston, Maine," a Department of Justice spokesperson said.

Both Attorney General Merrick Garland and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas have been briefed on the shootings.

Hours earlier, law enforcement in Androscoggin County released an image of the suspect "for identification." In the released image, the suspect is seen carrying a high-powered assault-style rifle.

"Law enforcement in Androscoggin County are investigating two active shooter events. We are encouraging all businesses to lock down and or close while we investigate. The suspect is still at large," the Androscoggin County Sheriff's Office wrote in a post on Facebook.

"Please stay inside your home with the doors locked," state police warned residents. "If you see any suspicious activity or individuals please call 911."

Lewiston, which has a population of around 37,000 currently in lockdown, is Maine's second largest city. Lewiston is located about 36 miles north of Portland.

Officials in the city of Auburn, which is less than 2 miles from Lewiston, also issued an alert Wednesday night and "strongly urged" residents to shelter in place.


The two locations in Lewiston where the shootings occurred were at Schemengees Bar & Grille Restaurant on Lincoln Street and at a bowling alley on Mollison Way, according to police.

Reports of a shooting at the Walmart Distribution Center on Alfred A. Plourde Parkway were later discounted by a company spokesman.

"There was no shooting on Walmart's property," Walmart representative Joe Pennington said. "The distribution center was locked down and police searched the facility. They did not find anything and no one was hurt."

The local Central Maine Medical Center confirmed it was responding to a "mass casualty, mass shooter event."

"Out of an abundance of caution and due the dynamic nature of this situation, MMC and other MaineHealth hospitals have closed their campuses to non-hospital personnel and non-patients until further notice," the hospital said in a statement.

Maine Gov. Janet Mills also issued a statement Wednesday night about the shootings.

"I urge all people in the area to follow the direction of state and local enforcement," Mills said. "I will continue to monitor the situation and remain in close contact with public safety officials."


Public schools in Lewiston will be closed on Thursday, the district's superintendent announced.

"Please continue to shelter in place or get to safety. We will continue to update you with information and next steps as appropriate," Jake Langlais, the superintendent, said in a statement.

"Stay close to your loved ones. Embrace them. Our prayers go out to those who lost someone tonight."

Editor's note: This story previously placed the death toll at 22 but reports from various news outlets later placed the total as low as 15.

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