Maine authorities have reported a significant development in the case of the mass shooting that rocked the state, leaving 18 people dead. Robert Card, the primary suspect in the heinous act, has been found dead, according to Maine Commissioner of Public Safety Michael Sauschuck. It appears that Card took his own life with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The announcement of Card’s demise came shortly after authorities lifted a stay-at-home order that had been in place for the usually tranquil community.
The victims of this tragic incident encompass a diverse group, including a grandfather, a talented young bowler, and four local residents who were deaf, with ages ranging from 14 to 76.
In an official statement posted on Facebook, the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the news, stating, “The suspect in Wednesday night’s shootings has been located and is deceased.”
Maine Governor Janet Mills, speaking at a press conference held at Lewiston City Hall, expressed a sense of relief upon hearing the news. She stated, “I’m breathing a sigh of relief tonight knowing that Robert Card will not be a threat to anyone.” Gov. Mills emphasized that the discovery of the suspect’s body marks the beginning of a long and challenging healing process for the community.
Lewiston Police Chief David St Pierre echoed these sentiments, sharing that he was “elated” by the development. However, he emphasized that there is still work to be done in the aftermath of this tragic event, as the community begins to cope with the immense loss and trauma it has endured.