While Maine and federal law enforcement authorities persist in their efforts to locate the individual believed to be responsible for the tragic loss of 18 lives at a Lewiston, Maine, bowling alley and restaurant, we are gradually uncovering information about the victims.
Here is a list of the victims identified up to this point, along with some details about each individual.
Tricia Asselin was one of the victims of the Lewiston mass shootings. She was a part-time employee at Just-in-Time Recreation, present at the bowling alley when the gunfire erupted. Tricia Asselin’s brother shared that she immediately called 911 after being shot. She was known as the rock of her family.
Bill Brackett was among a group of deaf individuals engaged in a game of cornhole at Schemengees Bar & Grill.
Tommy Conrad served as a manager at the Just-in-Time Recreation bowling alley and left behind a 9-year-old daughter.
PEYTON BREWER ROSS
Peyton Brewer Ross, a new father, lost his life in the shooting. His death was confirmed by the Maine AFL-CIO, who highlighted his beloved status within the community.
Joshua Seal was a husband and father of four, widely recognized for his tireless advocacy for the Deaf community. He was a skilled sign-language interpreter, known for interpreting Dr. Nirav Shah’s pandemic briefings.
Arthur Strout, aged 42, was a father of five. He was shot and killed at Schemengees.
Bob Violette, who organized the practice league for children at the bowling alley, was killed at Just-In-Time Recreation. Witnesses say he lost his life while protecting children present at the scene.
Steven Vozzella was part of a gathering of deaf people playing cornhole at Schemengees Bar & Grill.
Joseph Walker, manager of Schemengees Bar & Grill and the son of Auburn city councilor Leroy Walker, Sr., was also among the victims. He bravely attempted to confront the shooter and was fatally shot while trying to protect others.
The names of other victims are not yet available. In addition to the 18 fatalities, Governor Janet Mills confirmed that 12 people were injured in the shootings and urged the public to avoid the armed and dangerous shooting suspect, Robert Card.
The Army has officially verified that Card has held the position of an Army Reservist since December 2002. He currently holds the rank of sergeant first class and serves as a petroleum supply specialist, according to information provided by the Army.
A state police intelligence bulletin has reported that Card was admitted to a mental health facility for a duration of two weeks during the summer of 2023. However, the bulletin did not furnish specific information regarding the nature of his treatment or his mental health condition.
The document also revealed that Card had made statements about hearing voices and had made threats to carry out a shooting at the military training base located in Saco, Maine.
Before authorities identified Card as a suspect, they had released images of an individual who appeared to be an armed man wielding an AR-15-style rifle. Some of these images depicted the armed man within the confines of a bowling alley.
Lewiston, the second-largest municipality in Maine, boasts a population exceeding 37,000 residents, as indicated by the 2020 U.S. census. Situated between Portland, the most populous municipality in Maine, and the state capital of Augusta, Lewiston holds a strategic location in the state.