LEWISTON, MAINE - In a horrifying act of violence, the city of Lewiston, Maine was rocked by a series of mass shootings on Wednesday night, leaving at least 22 people dead and between 50-60 injured. The attacks occurred in two separate locations: Schemengees Bar and Grille and a children's bowling league at Sparetime Recreation.
The first incident unfolded at Schemengees Bar and Grille on Lincoln Street. The assailant opened fire, causing significant casualties before moving onto another location. The second attack took place at Sparetime Recreation, a popular local bowling alley on Mollison Way. At this family-friendly venue, a children's bowling league was taking place when the tragedy occurred, adding an extra layer of horror to the already shocking event.
Law enforcement agencies, including the local police and Maine State Police, responded promptly to the emergency calls. However, the shooter managed to evade capture, triggering a manhunt and a shelter-in-place order for residents in the state's second-largest city.
Authorities have identified a 'person of interest' in connection with the brutal attacks. Unconfirmed reports suggest the suspect is Robert Card, a 40-year-old former sergeant in the U.S. Army from Bowdoin, Maine. Card, who was born on April 4, 1983, is also known as a firearms instructor with over 20 years of military training.
As investigators continue to process the crime scenes, gather evidence, and piece together the events of the horrific night, the community is left reeling. The toll of the twin shootings marks one of the deadliest incidents in recent American history, casting a long shadow over the typically quiet city of Lewiston.
The motivations behind the tragic events remain unclear. However, the scale of the violence has once again ignited debates on gun control and mental health issues. As the city mourns its losses, questions are being asked about how such a tragedy could have been prevented.
In the meantime, residents of Lewiston and the wider Maine community unite in grief, offering support to the victims and their families. The shocking events serve as a stark reminder of the urgent need for solutions to prevent such tragedies in the future.
As this story continues to unfold, our thoughts are with the victims and their families during this unimaginably difficult time.