We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Photo released by the Lewiston Maine Police Department of Robert Card Lewiston Maine Police Department/PA Images

Man wanted for mass shooting which killed 18 people in Maine has been found dead

The commissioner of Maine department of public safety Mike Sauschuck said Robert Card was found near the Androscoggin River.

THE MAN WANTED for the mass shooting at a bowling alley and bar that killed 18 people and wounded 13 others in Maine has been found dead.

Robert Card, who was wanted in connection with the shootings at Schemengees Bar and Grille and at Just-In-Time Recreation bowling alley in Lewiston, was found dead in Lisbon Falls, Maine, Governor Janet Mills said at a news conference last night.

“Like many people I’m breathing a sigh of relief tonight knowing that Robert Card is no longer a threat to anyone,” Mills said.

April Stevens, a Lewiston resident who knew one of the victims, said she was relieved to learn that the “monster and coward” who inflicted so much pain was no longer a danger.

“I’m relieved but not happy,” she said. “There was too much death. Too many people were hurt. Relieved, yes, happy, no.”

Commissioner of Maine department of public safety Mike Sauschuck said Card was found at 7.45pm near the Androscoggin River of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police found Card’s body at a recycling facility where he recently worked, a law enforcement official told the Associated Press.

Card (40), of Bowdoin, Maine, had been sought since the Wednesday night shootings and murder warrants were issued against him.

Mills said she had called US President Joe Biden to alert him that Card was dead.

“Tonight we’re grateful that Lewiston and surrounding communities are safe after spending excruciating days hiding in their homes,” Biden said in a statement.

He added that “Americans should not have to live like this” and called on Congress to take action on gun violence.

embeddedbd8bffd3080f4dfab8e3eeb9baaa8566 A police officer searches along railroad tracks near the Androscoggin River Robert F Bukaty / PA Images Robert F Bukaty / PA Images / PA Images

Authorities had scoured the woods and hundreds of acres of family-owned property, sent dive teams with sonar to the bottom of a river and scrutinised a possible suicide note yesterday in the second day of their intensive search for Card.

Authorities lifted their shelter in place order for people living in the area yesterday evening, nearly 48 hours after the shootings.

The names and pictures of the 16 men and two women who died were released as Sauschuck asked for a moment of silence at a news conference. Their ages ranged from 14 to 76.

Law enforcement officials had said they had not seen Card since his vehicle was left at a boat ramp on Wednesday, shortly after the shootings.

Authorities say Card, who had firearms training, opened fire at the bar and a bowling alley in Lewiston, Maine’s second-largest city.

Press Association
Your Voice
Readers Comments
This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
Leave a Comment
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.

    Leave a commentcancel