A U.S. Army reservist accused of killing 18 people and wounding 13 others in attacks in Lewiston, Maine, has died, police said. The man’s body was found near the city of Lisbon.
Robert Card, 40, was found dead in the woods near the city of Lisbon, Maine, CNN reported, citing local authorities. This information was also provided by ABC News and CBS News, among others, citing their sources in law enforcement agencies.
The media reports were soon confirmed by the police. – We can confirm that he is [domniemany sprawca – red.] dead. A press release will be issued on this matter, said a spokeswoman for the Lisbon police department.
The man was wanted in connection with the attacks he allegedly carried out on Thursday in Lewiston, which resulted in the death of 18 people and the wounding of 13.
The attacks took place at a local bowling alley and a bar in the city center. According to CBS, the man had a firearms instructor license and worked at the National Guard base in Saco, Maine. According to CNN, he had mental health problems – he spent two weeks in a psychiatric facility this summer and admitted to “hearing voices”; He allegedly threatened to commit a massacre at the base where he worked. Card was an “oil resources specialist” and had been in the army since 2002, according to the military.
Representatives of the local and Maine state police said it was still too early to determine the motive of the perpetrator, who was followed by an arrest warrant and an arrest warrant.
Col. William Ross of the state police said the attack on the bowling alley occurred just before 1 p.m. 19 local time, and 12 minutes later the police received a signal about a shooting in a bar. In the first location, seven people died on site, in the second location – eight, and another three died in hospital. Eight victims have been identified so far. Three injured people are in a critical condition, two have been discharged from hospital.
City and state police, as well as the FBI and ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) agents were involved in the search for the perpetrator. Some schools in the state have been closed as well as supermarkets and other establishments as the search continues.
President Biden calls for a ban on the sale of assault rifles
In response to the massacre – the deadliest in the US this year – President Biden ordered flags over the White House and other federal buildings to be lowered to half-mast by October 30. On Wednesday, the president talked to Maine Governor Janet Mills and congressmen from that state.
“Once again, our nation mourns another senseless and tragic mass shooting… Too many Americans have lost family members to gun violence. This is not normal and we cannot accept it,” he wrote. in Biden’s statement on Thursday.
He once again called on Republicans in Congress to ban the sale of assault rifles and multi-round magazines, as well as to introduce universal background checks on gun buyers and gun storage rules.
Lewiston is the second largest city in the state of Maine, located in the northeastern United States. It was previously known for its low crime rate. According to the Washington Post, there were 17 gun homicides reported statewide in 2021.
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