At least 22 dead and up to 60 injured in mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine

At least 22 people have been killed and up to 60 wounded in mass shootings in Lewiston, Maine, NBC News reported, citing a Lewiston police source.

The Lewiston Police Department on Facebook identified a person of interest in the mass shooting as Robert Card, 40, saying he should be “considered armed and dangerous”.

Police earlier posted three photographs of the suspect pointing what appeared to be a semi-automatic rifle, in addition to a picture of a white SUV, asking the public for help in identifying either.

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The Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office also posted two photographs of the suspect on Facebook, saying he was at large.

“There is an active shooter in Lewiston,” Maine state police said on the social media platform X.

“We ask people to shelter in place. Please stay inside your home with the doors locked. Law enforcement is currently investigating at multiple locations.”

A photo has been released of the shooting suspect. Credit: AP

The Sun Journal, citing a Lewiston police spokesperson, reported shootings at three separate businesses: Sparetime Recreation bowling alley, Schemengees Bar and Grille Restaurant, and a Walmart distribution centre.

The bowling alley is about 6.5km north of the bar, and the distribution centre is about 2.5km south of the bar.

The Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston issued a statement saying it was “reacting to a mass casualty, mass shooter event” and co-ordinating with area hospitals to take patients.

Lewiston is part of and about 56km north of Maine’s largest city, Portland.

President Joe Biden has been briefed and will continue to receive updates, a US official said in Washington.

Maine Governor Janet Mills said in a statement she had been briefed on the situation.

Police at the scene. Credit: AP

Maine senator Angus King said he was “deeply sad for the city of Lewiston and all those worried about their family, friends and neighbours” and was monitoring the situation.

The massacre is the deadliest mass shooting in the United States since at least May 2022, when a gunman opened fire at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, killing 19 children and two teachers, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

The number of US shootings in which four or more people were shot has surged since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020, with 647 occurring in 2022 and 679 projected to occur in 2023, based on trends as of July, according to data from the archive.

The deadliest US mass shooting on record is the massacre of 58 people by a gunman firing on a Las Vegas country music festival from a high-rise hotel perch in 2017.

– With AP

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