Robert Card ’40’, the U.S. Army veteran, stands accused of committing a horrifying mass shooting that has left the nation reeling. At least 18 innocent lives have been tragically cut short in the heart of Lewiston, Maine, and the shocking incident has sent shockwaves across the country.
Here’s the devastating account of the incident:
Witnesses describe the terrifying scene as Card unleashed chaos at a local bowling alley and bar and grill, with victims simply enjoying their time. People were playing cornhole and children from a youth league were present at the bowling alley when the shooter entered, resulting in numerous injuries. The suspect, Robert Card, remains at large as of Thursday morning, October 26, 2023.
Maine Governor Janet Mills addressed the media during a press conference, revealing the grim toll of the tragedy: 18 lives lost, and 13 others left wounded. She pledged unwavering support for the affected community and their families, while law enforcement is in relentless pursuit of Card.
“This city did not deserve this terrible assault on its citizens, on its peace of mind, on its sense of security,” Governor Mills declared, expressing the collective shock and sorrow of the community.
The situation is so grave that a shelter-in-place order has been extended not only to Lewiston but also to neighboring communities, including Lisbon and Bowdoin, where the suspect, Robert Card, hails from. David St. Pierre, the Lewiston police chief, emphasized the urgency of the investigation, stating, “This is an all hands on deck approach.” Reports even suggest that Card might have access to a police scanner, allowing him to monitor law enforcement movements.
Maine State Police Colonel William G. Ross highlighted that this is an ongoing homicide investigation with the sole purpose of bringing the responsible individual, Card, to justice. Authorities had already identified Card as a person of interest earlier, urging the public to be vigilant and report any sightings.
Robert Card: A Military Man with Troubling Signs
According to an official law enforcement alert, Robert Card is not just an ordinary individual; he’s a trained firearms instructor associated with the Army Reserve, stationed out of Saco, Maine. This revelation left many shocked, considering his military background.
CNN’s Pentagon reporter Haley Britzky disclosed that Card holds the rank of sergeant first class and is a petroleum supply specialist in the Army Reserve. Despite his extensive service since enlisting in 2002, he has no deployments on record. His military awards include the Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal x2, Humanitarian Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Army Service Ribbon.
Card’s digital footprint, particularly his social media activity, has come under scrutiny. Before his page was suspended, he liked posts from conservative politicians and pundits, such as Donald Trump Jr. and Elon Musk. This glimpse into his online presence has raised questions about his potential motives.
Troubling Signs of Mental Health Issues
The unfolding tragedy is not without red flags. An official law enforcement alert reveals that Robert Card had reported mental health issues, including hearing voices and threats to carry out violence at the National Guard Base in Saco, Maine. He was also reported to have been committed to a mental health facility for two weeks during the summer of 2023.
Katie O’Neill, Card’s sister-in-law, shared insights into his mental health struggles, describing him as a loving and hardworking individual who had recently experienced an acute episode of mental health issues. O’Neill noted that Card believed he was hearing people say things and had started using hearing aids. His mental health crisis reportedly unfolded over the last few months, leading to concerns about his well-being.
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A Nightmare Unfolds: Bowling Alley Turned Crime Scene
The massacre occurred at Sparetime Recreation on Mollison Way and Schemengees Bar & Grille Restaurant on Lincoln Street, leaving a trail of devastation. Kathy Lebel, co-owner of Schemengees, revealed the harrowing scene of Card entering the restaurant and opening fire, disrupting what should have been a fun night of cornhole games.
The community is left grappling with the senseless violence as the investigation unfolds. The suspect’s vehicle was located in Lisbon, where authorities are urging residents to shelter in place.
Shelter in Place: A City Gripped by Fear
Maine State Police issued a stark warning to the community, urging people in Lewiston, Lisbon, and now Bowdoin to shelter in place due to the ongoing threat posed by Robert Card. The situation remains fluid, and law enforcement agencies are working tirelessly to ensure the safety of residents.