An armed gunman opened fire on at least three different locations in Lewiston, Maine Wednesday evening. Fox News reports that 22 people are dead, while ABC News reports 16.
The police have released a picture of a car that they think may have been used to shoot the gunman:
BREAKING: Lewiston Police asking public for information, vigilance regarding this vehicle possibly related to active shooter investigation
“It is believed that the front bumper may be painted black,” they posted.
(Photo: Lewiston, Maine police department) pic.twitter.com/vSVDsYmtht
— Steve Bottari (@WMURSteve) October 26, 2023
Lewiston, the second largest city in Oregon, is located 36 miles north of Portland. Residents were told to lock their doors and shelter in place since the gunman is still unknown. The Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office has released a picture of the suspect.
CNN reports that the shooter was using an AR-style rifle and that 16 people were killed and dozens of others injured.
#BREAKING: The Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office in Maine is searching for a suspected active shooter in Lewiston.
Per CNN: 16 dead, 50-60 injured.
The sheriff’s office just posted these surveillance stills showing the suspected shooter aiming an AR-style rifle.
Maine State… pic.twitter.com/y1y1KJD6d8
— Preston Phillips 🇺🇸 (@PrestonTVNews) October 26, 2023
The tweet above continued, “Maine State Police is ordering people to shelter in place in the second largest city in the state.”
The local hospital has not provided an exact number, but it is clear that the situation is tragic.
Central Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine, has stated that it is responding to “mass casualties, mass shooting event.”
The hospital stated that as of 9 p.m., they could not share specifics about the number of casualties.
The hospital stated that “Central Maine Healthcare coordinates with local hospitals to accept patients.”
In a post on social media, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Boston announced that it is assisting with the response. The FBI has also offered its assistance. Joe Biden, the president of the United States, has been informed about this situation.
Lewiston mayor Carl Sheline expressed his “heartbreak” for the city and its people.
The suspect has not been caught yet and no motive for his actions has been determined. We will keep you informed about this tragic situation.
The Lewiston Sun-Journal has an update at 10:35:
Robert Card, 40 years old, was identified as a possible suspect.
Near the Lisbon boat dock, on Frost Hill Avenue, near Route 196, police found the white Subaru Outback they believed he drove.
Scanner: the suspect’s car is at the boat launch near the intersection of 196 and Frost Hill Ave in Lisbon, Maine pic.twitter.com/gHkl2TcmTR
— Steve Lookner (@lookner) October 26, 2023