At least fifteen people were killed in various shootings in the US state of Maine during the night from Wednesday to Thursday (Dutch time). Dozens of people were injured. The culprit is still on the run.
A gunman opened fire in at least two locations in Lewiston. The man walked into a bowling alley and a restaurant and started shooting. According to US police, his name is Robert Card.
The exact number of victims is still unclear. CNN 22 deaths were reported per city council member. NBC That number was also previously mentioned, but later changed to at least fifteen and twenty victims. Press Agency Reuters And this The Boston Globe They talk about at least sixteen deaths.
The local police have withdrawn Facebook Photos of the alleged shooting were shared. It’s about pictures of the shooting and a portrait of the suspect. Photos of his car – a white SUV – are also going viral on social media. According to US media, the man was a firearms instructor.
Anyone who recognizes him can contact the police. The suspect’s vehicle was reportedly found in the town of Lisbon, just outside of Lewiston. Lisbon residents are asked to stay indoors.
Schools are closed and residents must stay indoors
Lewiston’s roughly 37,000 residents were previously asked to stay indoors. Schools in the area will be closed today. Residents of neighboring Auburn were also alerted.
President Joe Biden has been briefed on the incident. He is in touch with the governor of Maine. The state is located in the northeastern part of the United States near the Canadian border.
The last time more than twenty people were killed in a shooting in the United States was in May 2022, when someone shot and killed nineteen children and two teachers at a school in Uvalde, Texas.
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