BREAKING: Active shooter in Lewiston, Maine, multiple locations targeted, at least 18 confirmed dead

"Law enforcement is asking people to shelter in place. Please stay inside your home with the doors locked."

Hannah Nightingale Washington DC

Citizens of Lewiston, Maine are being urged to shelter in place as an active shooter situation is underway at multiple locations in the city.

Maine State Police said in a Facebook post at 8:06 pm, "There is an active shooter situation in the city of Lewiston. Law enforcement is asking people to shelter in place. Please stay inside your home with the doors locked. Law enforcement is currently investigating at two locations right now. Again please stay off the streets and allow law enforcement to diffuse the situation. If you see any suspicious activity or individuals please call 911. Updates to follow." 

According to WMTW, Lewiston Public Schools sent a message to parents around the school for conferences to get to a safe place, stating "we are going into lockdown. I will provide more information as it is available and appropriate."

According to the Sun Journal, authorities responded to Sparetime Recreation on Mollison Way at around 7:15 pm for reports of an active shooter, and shortly thereafter to Schemengees Bar and Grille Restaurant on Lincoln Street. Reports came in at around 8:15 pm for a shooting at the Walmart distribution center on Alfred A Plourde Parkway. A Walmart representative has since confirmed that no shots were fired at the distribution center.

In a Thursday morning press conference, Governor Janet Mills said that at least 18 people have been killed, and at least 13 others have been injured.

The Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office released a photo of the suspect involved in the Sparetime shooting. Androscoggin County has urged residents to shelter in place and lock their doors. 

The Lewiston Police Department has shared a photo of the vehicle believed to be used in the shooting.


The City of Auburn, which lies across the Androscoggin River from Lewiston, has also urged residents to shelter in place.

Maine Governor Janet Mills has urged those in the area to follow the police’s direction.

In a statement, the FBI Boston Division said it is working with state, local, and federal law enforcement partners "and we stand ready to assist with any available resources they need, including evidence response, investigative and tactical support, as well as victim assistance." ATF Boston is responding to Lewiston.

Lewiston police confirmed in a Facebook post that they are seeking 40-year-old Robert Card as a suspect in connection with the shootings. "CARD should be considered armed and dangerous."

A Maine law enforcement bulletin has revealed that Card is a trained firearms instructor who is believed to be in the Army reserves, stationed out of Saco, Maine, and recently reported mental health issues including hearing voices and threats to shoot up the Saco National Guard base. He had been committed to a mental health facility during the summer for two weeks.

Lewiston Public Schools Superintendent Jake Langlais announced late Wednesday evening that school will be canceled for students on Thursday.

Shannon Moss, Maine State Police spokesperson said in a late-night press conference that the vehicle of interest in the incident was located in Lisbon, which lies southeast of Lewiston, and residents of that town are now urged to shelter in place. A reunification location will be set up at Auburn Middle School.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.
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