At least 18 are dead and as many as 60 injured after a mass shooting at a bar and a bowling alley in Lewiston, Maine.
Robert Card, 40, is considered a "person of interest" by law enforcement, who said that he "should be considered armed and dangerous." Residents in the cities of Lewiston, Bowdoin, and Auburn have been advised to shelter in place, closing local schools and businesses.
"No specific threats have been received, but in the interest of public safety, we are closely monitoring the situation and remain in close communication with our regional law enforcement partners," the Connecticut State Police said in a statementThursday morning.
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The Maine Information and Analysis Center, which serves as a database for law enforcement, sent out a message containing information about Card, according to NBC. The bulletin stated that Card is a firearms instructor, and that intelligence suggests he is a member Army Reserve.
It also noted that Card "recently reported mental health issues to include hearing voices and threats to shoot up the National Guard Base in Saco, ME."
White House officials said that once news of the shooting broke, President Joe Biden abruptly left a dinner with the prime minister of Australia in order to contact the state's governor, Janet Mills, as well as its senators and representatives. In a statement Thrusday, Biden mourned the lived lost while calling for national gun control legislation.
“Today, in the wake of yet another tragedy, I urge Republican lawmakers in Congress to fulfill their duty to protect the American people," he said. "Work with us to pass a bill banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, to enact universal background checks, to require safe storage of guns, and end immunity from liability for gun manufacturers. This is the very least we owe every American who will now bear the scars — physical and mental — of this latest attack.”
The tragedy marks the 565th mass shooting so far in 2023, according to the Gun Violence Archive, as well as the deadliest. The death toll has not yet been finalized.
Everytown For Gun Safety reports that in Maine, background checks are not required to purchase a firearm, there are no high capacity magazine bans, and civilians are allowed to conceal-carry without a permit. The state also does not have "red flag" laws, which can prevent individuals from accessing firearms if they are believed to be a danger to themself or others.
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