In a tragic incident that has shocked the community of Lewiston, Maine, a series of mass shootings took place on Wednesday night, leaving at least 18 people dead and 13 injured. Maine State Police Col. William Ross announced on Thursday that an arrest warrant has been issued for fugitive Robert Card on at least eight counts of murder, with the possibility of the counts increasing to 18 as more victims are identified.
A manhunt is currently underway to locate the 40-year-old suspect, who has been identified by authorities. Ross emphasized that Card should be considered armed and dangerous, and urged the public not to approach him. Maine Governor Janet Mills expressed her condolences and ordered all U.S. and state of Maine flags to be lowered to half-staff for the next five days in honor of the victims.
The motive behind the shootings remains unknown, and law enforcement agencies are working diligently to bring Card into custody. Lewiston Police Chief David St. Pierre expressed gratitude to all the brave first responders who worked tirelessly to respond to the situation. The events of that evening have left the city of Lewiston and the state of Maine in shock and grief.
Governor Mills acknowledged that it is difficult to think about healing when hearts are broken, but emphasized the strength and resilience of the people of Maine. She called on the community to come together, offering comfort, solace, and love to one another in the difficult days and weeks ahead.
The investigation into the mass shootings is ongoing, and authorities are working to determine the motive behind this tragic event. As the community mourns the loss of their loved ones, the focus now shifts towards supporting the survivors and beginning the healing process. The city of Lewiston, known for its close-knit community, has been deeply affected by this senseless act of violence, which strikes at the very heart of their values and sense of security.