Bowdoin, Maine – Police and other agencies surrounded a home on Meadow Road in Bowdoin, Maine, on Thursday, October 26, 2023, while searching for Robert Card, the suspect in a mass shooting that occurred in Lewiston, Maine, earlier that day.
Law enforcement used an intercom to announce,
“Robert Card, you are under arrest. We know you are inside. Please come out with your hands up. We do not want anyone to get hurt.”
Police and SWAT vehicles were also on the scene.
However, after searching the home, police determined that Card was not inside.
They are now heading to other locations to continue their search.
The mass shooting in Lewiston occurred at a bowling alley and a bar, and resulted in the deaths of 18 people and injuries to 13 others.
Card is considered to be armed and dangerous.
Police are urging anyone with information about Card’s whereabouts to contact them immediately.
Police and SWAT Vehicles Leave Scene
Police and SWAT Vehicles Left the Scene After Finding the Suspect Was Not Inside the Home
After searching the home on Meadow Road in Bowdoin, Maine, police and SWAT vehicles left the scene.
Police have not released any further information about their search for Robert Card, the suspect in the mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine.
It is unclear where police are now searching for Card.
However, they have urged anyone with information about his whereabouts to contact them immediately.
Residents of Bowdoin Urged to Be Vigilant
The Bowdoin Police Department has urged residents of the town to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to the police.
Residents are also reminded to lock their doors and windows and to be aware of their surroundings.
Lewiston Shooting Incident
Location: Lewiston, Maine
In response to the tragic events that unfolded in Lewiston, Maine, the following statement outlines the ongoing investigation into the mass shooting incident:
The city of Lewiston, Maine, witnessed an unprecedented tragedy that resulted in the loss of 18 innocent lives and left 13 others wounded, three of whom remain in grave condition.
This incident marked the 565th mass shooting in the United States, as defined by the Gun Violence Archive.
The primary suspect in this heinous act is Robert Card, a resident of Bowdoin, located approximately 15 miles east of Lewiston.
Card had previously been admitted to a treatment facility due to mental health issues and was subsequently released earlier this summer.
Law enforcement authorities had received reports of Card making threats regarding a shooting at a national guard base in Saco. It is imperative to note that he should not be approached under any circumstances.
The incident occurred at two separate locations, namely Just-in-Time Recreation, a local bowling alley, and Schemengees Bar and Grille Restaurant in Lewiston, which are approximately four miles apart.
At the bowling alley, seven victims, six males and one female, were fatally shot, while the restaurant witnessed eight additional casualties, all males.
Tragically, three more victims succumbed to their injuries while receiving medical care. The injured individuals included three individuals in critical condition.
Despite an intensive and multistate manhunt involving hundreds of law enforcement personnel combing through forests, waterways, and small towns, Robert Card’s whereabouts remain unknown.
His vehicle was discovered near a boat ramp, and the United States Coast Guard is actively participating in the search. Additionally, a note found at Card’s residence is currently under investigation for potential leads in this case.
The involvement of federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), underscores the gravity of this incident.
Authorities have issued arrest warrants for eight counts of murder and anticipate this number may increase as more victims are identified.
While this ongoing investigation strives to uncover the motives and methods behind this act of violence, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.
As the Lewiston community grapples with the immeasurable pain caused by this senseless act, we stand united in our pursuit of justice.
President Joe Biden has ordered flags at federal public buildings to be flown at half-staff until sunset on Monday, honoring the victims of this tragedy.
He has also called for a bipartisan effort to pass gun safety reforms to prevent further such incidents.
The Androscoggin county sheriff’s office has released photographs of the suspect captured on surveillance footage at the bowling alley.
We urge the public to report any sightings or information related to Robert Card to the authorities by calling 911.
This is a dark day for Maine, and our collective resolve remains strong as we seek to bring the perpetrator to justice.
More Information to Come
The Bowdoin Police Department is expected to release more information about their search for Robert Card later today.