Maine governor confirms Lewiston shooting suspect found dead
Days after Robert Cardthe alleged shooter in the Maine mass shooting in which 18 people were murdered and 13 others injured was found dead, Maine begins to heal; Now that stay-at-home orders have been lifted, community members are gathering for vigils and placing signs and dedications around Lewiston in honor of those lost in the tragedy.
Card reportedly committed suicide after becoming the subject of a days-long manhunt following the shocking violence in the town of Lewiston, Maine, and his death was confirmed by law enforcement sources.
The victims, officially identified by authorities, were aged between 14 and 76.
On Friday morning, it was revealed that a note had been found, but its contents were not released.
Divers were also searching the river where Mr. Card’s SUV was found, and at one point a lettuce farm was cleared after a gunshot was reported.
A shelter-in-place order has been lifted, allowing residents of Lewiston, Lisbon and Bowdoin to leave their homes for the first time since Wednesday evening.
“Americans should not have to live like this,” President Biden said in a statement Saturday, urging Congress to act to “end this epidemic of gun violence.”
Sheila Flynn and Andrea Blanco report from Lewiston.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Gives Conflicting Response to Mass Shooting
Asked on “Meet the Press” whether anything could have prevented the tragedy, the Florida governor appeared to offer two conflicting views on the subject, arguing that the government should have more power to institutionalize Americans considered a threat to themselves. and/or others, while simultaneously asserting that whistleblower laws, designed to prevent these people from owning guns, would be a step too far.
Presumably, Mr. DeSantis does not believe that Americans placed in mental health institutions through the power of state or federal governments should have access to firearms while in treatment.
“I would be more aggressive towards some of these marginal people who clearly show that they represent a major danger to society,” he promised.
John Bowden has the full story…
Kelly RissmanOctober 30, 2023 04:00
Statement from Maine Senator Susan Collins after the shooting
Kelly RissmanOctober 30, 2023 03:00
Lewiston begins to heal, days after shooter found dead
The parking lot was full Saturday morning at Governor’s Restaurant and Bakery in Lewiston after “a very quiet few days here,” manager Brittany Peterson said. “There was no movement; the only movements you heard were police sirens and helicopters.
Local authorities announced Saturday that counseling services were being set up in various locations for those directly affected by the shootings and for members of the broader community. Residents swarmed supermarkets and other stores, which had been completely closed since the shelter-in-place order was implemented Wednesday as a manhunt began.
Kelly RissmanOctober 30, 2023 02:00
Could the shootings have been avoided?
The warning signs appear to have been there with Card – with his threats against a National Guard base and his serious mental health issues.
Today, questions are being asked about whether the mass shooting could have been avoided if steps had been taken to prevent him from having access to guns.
Maine has very lax gun laws and people do not need a license or background check to purchase or conceal a firearm. Possession of semi-automatic weapons is also legal in the state. The state also does not have a whistleblower law in place – a law used to prevent individuals from purchasing or possessing firearms if they fear being a danger to themselves or others .
However, there is a yellow flag law that allows family members to contact law enforcement and request a temporary order barring a loved one from accessing firearms if they appear to be suffering from a seizure. Mental Health.
By law, the individual must first be taken into custody for a medical evaluation – which is what happened to Card this summer.
Kelly RissmanOctober 30, 2023 01:00
ICYMI: What happened to Robert Card?
Maine Public Safety Commissioner Michael Sauschuck confirmed Friday evening that Robert Card’s body was found in a wooded area, about eight miles from the scene of the shooting.
A member of the US Army Reserve reportedly committed suicide in an area near a recycling facility from which he had recently been discharged, CNN reported.
Maine Department of Public Safety Commissioner Mike Sauschuck said the body was found at 7:45 p.m. ET and that he called the shooter’s family — as well as the victims’ families — before the news conference .
“They lost a loved one in this scenario, and many members of this family have been very cooperative with us throughout. So they deserved that phone call,” he said.
Prior to that, Card had not been seen since he allegedly opened fire at a Lewiston bar Wednesday night.
Investigators traced his vehicle to a landing stage in Lisbon – about 13km from the crime scene – hours later.
Kelly RissmanOctober 30, 2023 00:00
Heartbreaking final text to Maine mass shooting victim who died trying to shoot Card revealed
Thomas “Tommy” Conrad had planned to carve a pumpkin at the bowling alley for children in the Lewiston community before a gunman opened fire in a mass shooting that left 18 people dead.
Now, mourners are leaving jack-o’-lanterns outside Just-In-Time Recreation in tribute to the 34-year-old manager, who was killed in the attack while trying to shoot the shooter.
As news of the massacre broke, Alex McMahan, co-owner of a chain of dispensaries in the area, texted his longtime client and friend Conrad: “Are you okay bro?”
“And he obviously didn’t respond,” Mr. McMahan said. The Independent.
A GoFundMe set up for Conrad’s family describes him as a man “devoted to his work, his play and his young daughter, Caroline.”
“He died a hero,” the campaign says. “He put his life on the line to charge the shooter and save the children there.”
Kelly RissmanOctober 29, 2023 11:00 p.m.
Shooting victims remembered as vigil begins
Kelly RissmanOctober 29, 2023 10:00 p.m.
A second vigil will take place on Sunday at 6 p.m.
Sunday’s vigil will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Franco Center in Lewiston to mourn the 18 lives lost in the mass shooting.
Last night a candlelight vigil took place at Worumbo in Lisbon.
Kelly RissmanOctober 29, 2023 9:30 p.m.
Scenes from Lewiston as the city heals
Kelly RissmanOctober 29, 2023 9:00 p.m.
Questions left unanswered after mass shooting
As the multi-day manhunt drew to a close, many questions still swirled.
What was in this mysterious note?
Could the tragedy have been avoided?
The Independents Rachel Sharp investigation…
Kelly RissmanOctober 29, 2023 8:30 p.m.