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Thousands intructed to remain sheltering in place as manhunt for suspect goes on

Law enforcement officials have instructed Maine residents to continue sheltering in place as the manhunt for the Lewiston shooting suspect, 40-year-old Robert Card, stretches across the region.

In a press briefing on Friday morning, Mike Sauschuck, commissioner of Maine’s public safety department, said that authorities are “continuing to do searches” at the Just-In-Time bowling alley and the Schemengees Bar and Grille where the shootings took place on Wednesday night. Eighteen people were killed while 13 more were injured.

“I would expect we’re still days away from completing those particular investigations, those particular crime scenes,” he said.

Sauschuck also confirmed the presence of a note that was left behind at a residence tied to the suspect but did not provide further details.

With hundreds of law enforcement officials roaming across the state following this year’s deadliest mass shooting, authorities have announced that they will also be “putting divers in the water along the Androscoggin River”.

They have also asked the public to upload tips and information to FBI.GOV/LewistonTips, a digital tipline.

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The neighbor of suspected shooter Robert Card said that he questioned why Card didn’t receive better mental health treatment.

Richard Goddard, 44, told Reuters that he last saw Card two weeks ago, when Card was helping his father with yard work.

Goddard described Card’s family as “perfectly normal”.

“I mean, there was nothing out of the norm. Hard working, farming family,” Goddard said to Reuters.

Goddard said he had heard Card was receiving treatment for mental health concerns at Togus VA Medical Center, a medical center for veterans.

“I don’t get why that wasn’t taken care of,” Goddard said about Card’s alleged mental health problems.

“I don’t get why he didn’t get better treatment or more treatment … it’s like, why wasn’t that taken serious?” Goddard said.

Seven people injured in Wednesday’s shootings remain hospitalized at Central Maine Healthcare hospital, CNN reported.

One person was discharged from the hospital on Thursday, Lisa Gardner, communication manager at Central Maine Healthcare, told CNN.

Of the seven people hospitalized, three remain in stable condition; three are in the Intensive Care Unit; and one person will be discharged today.

Law enforcement added that authorities will be searching the river due to evidence found nearby.

The Maine state police dive team will be searching the Androscoggin river, which cuts through Lewiston and south of the city of Lisbon, both located in southern Maine.

Air resources will fly over the river in order for police to better direct where divers should search, Sauschuck added.

Following Wednesday’s shootings, Card’s trail led to Lisbon. There, state police discovered a white SUV that they believe Card used to escape, parked at a boat launch on the river.

Card has three watercraft registrations: two Sea-Doos and a Bayliner, according to public records.

When asked why authorities are searching the river, Sauschuck said that Card’s car and other evidence were found near the river’s shores.

“The car was located there. Evidence was located in the vehicle right along the shores of Androscoggin River. So that’s stuff we want to make sure we’re checking,” Sauschuck said, NBC reported.

Mike Sauschuck, Maine’s public safety commissioner, confirmed that a majority of the victims’ families have not been notified.

Sauschuck said that families of 10 of the 18 people who were killed in Wednesday’s shootings have still not been updated.

“We are working with families that have currently been notified. We are continuing to identify victims in this case,” Sauschuck said during Friday’s press conference, CNN reported.

Thousands intructed to remain sheltering in place as manhunt for suspect goes on

Law enforcement officials have instructed Maine residents to continue sheltering in place as the manhunt for the Lewiston shooting suspect, 40-year-old Robert Card, stretches across the region.

In a press briefing on Friday morning, Mike Sauschuck, commissioner of Maine’s public safety department, said that authorities are “continuing to do searches” at the Just-In-Time bowling alley and the Schemengees Bar and Grille where the shootings took place on Wednesday night. Eighteen people were killed while 13 more were injured.

“I would expect we’re still days away from completing those particular investigations, those particular crime scenes,” he said.

Sauschuck also confirmed the presence of a note that was left behind at a residence tied to the suspect but did not provide further details.

With hundreds of law enforcement officials roaming across the state following this year’s deadliest mass shooting, authorities have announced that they will also be “putting divers in the water along the Androscoggin River”.

They have also asked the public to upload tips and information to FBI.GOV/LewistonTips, a digital tipline.

Maine public safety commissioner: ‘Every minute that this goes on, we’re more and more concerned’

“Every minute that this goes on, we’re more and more concerned because what’s the next thing that’s going to happen?” said Sauschuck.

“We understand that and that’s why we’re working 24/7 to bring this individual to justice and to try to bring some closure and overall safety to our communities,” he added.

Authorities confirm presence of note left at a residence tied to suspect

Sauschuck has confirmed the presence of a note left at one of the residences tied to the suspect but refused to elaborate.

“There was a note at one of these residences. I’m not prepared to really talk about what that included …because that does involve, ‘Is there a mindset here, a motive? What did that entail?’ …

When we can release it, we certainly will,” he said.

Law enforcement have set up a digital tipline at FBI.GOV/LewistonTips.

“If you’ve got a photo, if you got a video of what happened or you know something that you think is evidentiary in nature … you can upload that information through that link,” said Sauschuck.

Law enforcement will put divers in the ‘water along the Androscoggin River’

Sauschuck said that law enforcement is going to be “putting divers in the water along the Androscoggin River”.

He added that the divers will be checking for evidence and for “potential bodies”.

“You’re going to see a lot of activity here … Then we’re going to have some sonar … so picking up shadows …anything can be under there,” he said.

“We’re continuing to do searches at the two primary venues here,” said Sauschuck, referring to the Just-In-Time bowling alley and the Schemengees Bar and Grille where the shootings took place.

“We’re going to be processing every square inch of these facilities,” he said.

“I would expect we’re still days away from completing those particular investigations, those particular crime scenes,” he added.

Mike Sauschuck, commissioner of Maine’s public safety department, is now speaking.

He said that moving forward, there will be a news briefing “every day at 10 o’clock” and that authorities are considering afternoon briefings as well.

“These briefings … will be more operational,” he said, adding, “Our communities, our loved ones are always going to be at the forefront of our mind and certainly in our hearts.”

David St Pierre, Lewiston police chief, is now speaking at the press conference.

“The safety of our community remains paramount,” he said.

“I will ask the community to be as patient as possible with this process, realizing that there are many, many moving parts in coordination of efforts … between multiple agencies,” he added.

Maine officials are scheduled to hold a press conference shortly on the ongoing manhunt.

We will bring you the latest updates.

Joshua Seal, an interpreter who was participating in a game of cornhole for members of the deaf community in Lewiston, was one of the victims killed at Schemengees Bar and Grille.

Pine Tree Society, where Seal worked as the director of interpreting services, mourned his loss on Facebook.

“The tragic events in Lewiston last evening hit close to home at Pine Tree Society. It is with great sorrow we share that Joshua Seal was killed in the shooting. Joshua was our Director of Interpreting Services.

He was a husband, a father of four and a tireless advocate for the Deaf community. He was committed to creating safe space for Deaf people and was widely known as the ASL interpreter for Dr. [Nirav] Shah’s pandemic briefings.

The ripple effects of his loss will be felt by countless Maine people. Pine Tree Society offices will remain closed Friday, October 27 as we mourn and honor our friend and colleague, Josh,” the organization said.

Michael Deslauriers Sr is mourning the loss of his son Michael Deslauriers II and his friend Jason Walker who were both killed at the Just-In-Time bowling alley on Wednesday night.

“I have the hardest news for a father to ever have to share. My son Michael Deslauriers II and his dearest friend Jason Walker were murdered last night at the bowling alley.

They made sure their wives and several young children were under cover then they charged the shooter,” Deslauriers Sr wrote on Facebook.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has applauded Maine’s Democratic representative Jared Golden for promising to work with congressional leaders to ban assault weapons.

“Powerful, brave, and moving. This is leadership. Thank you, @RepGolden,” the New York representative tweeted in response to Golden apologizing for his previous efforts of voting against assault weapons bans.

“Our community stands with yours throughout this tragedy and in the work ahead,” Ocasio-Cortez added.

Maine’s Democratic representative Jared Golden said that he takes “responsibility for this failure” in the wake of the Lewiston shootings after opposing efforts to ban assault weapons.

Addressing reporters, Golden, who represents Maine’s second district, said:

“I have opposed efforts to ban deadly weapons of war like the assault rifle he used to carry out this crime. The time has now come for me to take responsibility for this failure which is why I now call on the United States Congress to ban assault rifles like the one used by this sick perpetrator of this mass killing …

For the good of my community, I will work with any colleague to get this done in the time that I have left in Congress.”

He went to ask for forgiveness and support from the “people of Lewiston, my constituents throughout the second district … the families who have lost loved ones and … those who have been harmed”.

Golden: I have opposed efforts to ban deadly weapons of war like the assault rifle he used to carry out this crime. The time has now come for me to take responsibility for this failure. Which is why I now call on the United States congress to ban assault rifles pic.twitter.com/0k60XJQoaB

— Acyn (@Acyn) October 26, 2023

Fear grips Maine as suspect continues to elude authorities

Good morning,

Fear grips Maine as the suspect involved in Wednesday night’s shootings continues to elude authorities.

Law enforcement officials have entered the second day into the widespread manhunt for Robert Card, a 40-year-old Army reservist suspected of killing 18 people and wounding 13 more at a bowling alley and bar in Lewiston.

Following the shootings, Card’s trail led to Lisbon where state police discovered a white SUV that they believe Card used to escape and parked at a boat launch on the river. According to public records, Card has three watercraft registrations: two Sea-Doos and a Bayliner.

Relatives have started to identify victims. They include a 76-year-old retired Sears mechanic and avid bowler, a 56-year-old manager at the bar, and a few people who was part of a local deaf community that gathered at the bar on Wednesdays.

With Maine’s lax gun laws and residents instructed to continue sheltering in place as authorities search for the suspect, the Lewiston shootings mark the deadliest mass shooting this year.

We will bring you the latest updates as the story develops.

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