Frantic Search in Maine
Maine officials began a sweeping search for a mass shooting suspect who opened fire on unsuspecting crowds at multiple locations in Lewiston, Maine, late Wednesday night. As of late last night, the suspect had not been apprehended, leaving thousands of residents sheltering in place.
Officials revised the number of victims to at least 18 dead and 13 injured as of yesterday evening. The number is down from initial reports Wednesday night of 22 dead and as many as 60 injured. For comparison, the entire state of Maine reported 29 murders in 2022, 15 of which were domestic homicides.
The suspect has been identified as 40-year-old Robert Card, an Army reservist who lived in a nearby town. Family members said Card had suffered experienced severe mental health issues, saying they had previously contacted US Army officials about their concerns. He also reportedly underwent two weeks of psychiatric inpatient treatment this summer.
See what is known about the victims so far here.