At least fifteen people were killed and dozens injured in two separate shootings in the US state of Maine on Thursday. The shooter is still on the run. Here’s what we know right now.
A man — identified by U.S. police as Robert Card — opened fire at two separate locations in Lewiston Thursday evening. According to CNN This is Sparetime Recreation, a bowling alley in Mollison Way and Scheminge’s Bar & Grill restaurant in Lincoln Street.
He allegedly opened fire first in the bowling alley, after which people ran out. The shooter reportedly went to a restaurant about 4 miles away.
Between 15 and 22 people were reportedly killed in the two shooting incidents CNN And NBC News. But it is not clear how many casualties it causes. CNN Talking about at least 22 deaths, NBC News It ranges from 15 to 20. Another 50 to 60 were injured, but some media reports put the maximum number at 50. Not all wounded were shot. Some of them are said to have been injured by the repression.
The ages of the victims are not known. Auburn’s mayor said the witnesses were of all ages. That place is near Lewiston. He said there is great fear and panic among the people.
Lewiston is a former textile town. About 38,000 people live there. It is located about 35 miles north of Portland, Maine’s largest city.
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The shooter, a firearms instructor, is on the run. Hundreds of police officers in Maine are doing everything they can to find him.
The man is described as “armed and dangerous”. Police have released photos of him during the shooting. It shows him carrying a large assault rifle, wearing a brown sweater and with short, dark hair. He is said to be a member of the American Reserve. He was reportedly in a psychiatric hospital last summer.
Apart from the photographs of the man, the police also distributed photographs of his car. It is said to be a white colored SUV with a black front bumper. The vehicle has now been located in the town of Lisbon, outside of Lewiston.
Police are asking anyone who recognizes the suspect to contact them. President Joe Biden has been briefed on the incident. He is in touch with the governor of Maine. People in Lewiston, Auburn and Lisbon have been asked to stay indoors.
The FBI has also come to Maine to assist federal law enforcement. Intelligence agencies have also asked people to be cautious. All schools and municipal buildings in Lewiston will be closed Thursday. The meeting place is set at Auburn Middle School. People who miss a family member or have questions can go there.