Lewiston, ME shooting 10/25/23 - 18 dead, suspect found deceased

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Police took Army reservist suspected in Maine killings for evaluation after erratic behavior in July​

A U.S. Army reservist suspected of killing at least 18 people in Maine had been taken by police for an evaluation after military officials became concerned that he was acting erratically in mid-July, a U.S. official told The Associated Press.

The official said commanders in the Army Reserve’s 3rd Battalion, 304th Infantry Regiment became concerned in mid-July that Robert Card was acting erratically while the unit was training at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York.

The official said military commanders became concerned about Card’s safety and asked for the police to be called. New York state police took Card to the Keller Army Community Hospital at West Point for evaluation, the official said.

The official was not authorized to publicly discuss information about the incident and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

A warrant is out for the arrest of Card, 40, in the attack in Lewiston that sent panicked bowlers scrambling behind pins, into corners and a back room when shots rang out around 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Maine State Police Col. William Ross said police have issued a warrant for Card on eight counts of murder. He said those counts will increase when the other 10 victims are identified.
 

BY STEVE ROBINSON
OCTOBER 26, 2023

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“According to local law enforcement, Card recently reported mental health issues to include hearing voices and threats to shoot up a National Guard base in Saco, ME,” the MIAC memo said.

Maine Commissioner for the Department of Public Safety declined to comment on Card’s institutionalization when asked about the report at a press conference Thursday morning.

That information was confirmed Thursday in Associated Press reporting that quoted anonymous U.S. Officials.

A U.S. official told the Associated Press Thursday that police in New York took Maine shooting suspect Robert Card to a hospital in July to receive a medical evaluation after military officials grew concerned about his erratic behavior.

Commanders in the Army Reserve’s 3rd Battalion, 304th Infantry Regiment grew concerned this summer over Card’s behavior. He was reportedly acting erratically during training at West Point in New York.

New York state police took Card to the Keller Army Community Hospital at West Point for involuntary admission, the official told the AP.
 

Updated: 4:55 AM EDT Oct 27, 2023
Raquel Ciampi
LEWISTON, Maine —
Shelter in place orders have expanded to all of Androscoggin County after gunfire erupted in two locations in Lewiston.

Androscoggin County and Northern Sagadahoc County is under orders to shelter in place as law enforcement agencies search for Robert Card.

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Residents in Lewiston, Lisbon and Bowdoin are being told to stay inside their homes and lock their doors.

The lockdown orders began in Lewiston and have since expanded as the situation began on Wednesday night.

Some schools, as well as offices, have closed due to the ongoing manhunt for card.

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Shelter in place for those areas listed was extended this morning as they have not caught the lunatic. ~Summer
 
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Some/most schools are closed in York County, Androscoggin County, Oxford County, Lincoln County, Cumberland County, Kennebec County and Sagadahoc County. That is a large area with a lot of forest, but the authorities, in my opinion, don't know where this miscreant is.

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Oct. 26, 2023, 2:25 PM EDT / Updated Oct. 26, 2023, 5:15 PM EDT
By Melissa Chan, Ken Dilanian and Tom Winter

The family of the Army reservist accused of fatally shooting more than a dozen people in Lewiston, Maine, alerted police and military officials that he was experiencing an “acute” mental health episode before the Wednesday night massacre, his sister-in-law said.

Robert Card, 40, a firearms instructor and longtime member of the Army Reserve, began to hear voices that were saying “horrible” things about him a couple of months ago when he was fitted for high-powered hearing aids, said Katie Card, who is married to his brother.

“He was picking up voices that he had never heard,” she told NBC News. “His mind was twisting them around. He was humiliated by the things that he thought were being said.”

Katie Card said the family did their best to reassure Robert Card that the comments were not real, including by verifying with some of the people he claimed had made the remarks.

But, she said, “it turned into a manic belief.”

“He was just very set in his belief that everyone was against him all of a sudden,” she said.

His sister-in-law said the family reached out to police and his Army Reserve base as they “got increasingly concerned" in the last couple of months.

“We just reached out to make sure everyone was on the same page, because he is someone who does gun training,” she said. “We were concerned about his mental state. That’s all.”

Her husband went “back and forth” with the Army, Katie Card said.

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Two senior law enforcement officials said Card’s unit commanders sent him to receive psychiatric treatment this summer after they became concerned about threats he made to the base and his claims that he was hearing voices.

Card spent about two weeks undergoing inpatient psychiatric treatment and was released, the officials said. It is not clear what further action was taken.

A Defense Department official said Card’s unit requested that law enforcement be contacted in July after he began behaving erratically. New York State Police responded and took him to Keller Army Community Hospital at the U.S. Military Academy for medical evaluation.

In a statement, Army spokesperson Bryce Dubee said there are no records to indicate that Card had instructed or participated in any training while his unit supported West Point summer training in July.

The Army did not train him as a firearms instructor, nor did he serve in that capacity for the Army, Dubee said.

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Katie Card declined to discuss whether the family tried to restrict his access to firearms.

As officers headed to Maine to help with the manhunt, a note was found at Robert Card's home during a search with a warrant, four senior law enforcement officials said. Investigators are trying to determine the meaning of the note and how it could guide their investigation, the officials said.

The weapon believed to have been used in the attack was a sniper rifle with .308 caliber bullets, and it was purchased legally this year, officials said.

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More at link. ~Summer
 

Oct 27, 7:34 AM EDT
ByEmily Shapiro,Aaron Katersky,Josh Margolin, andIvan Pereira
Last Updated: October 27, 2023, 7:34 AM ET

What we know about suspect Robert Card​


A manhunt is now into its second day for Robert Card, the suspect in a mass shooting in Maine that killed at least 18 people and wounded 13 others, officials said.

The suspected gunman -- identified as 40-year-old Robert Card -- is a U.S. Army reservist, the Army confirmed.

Card's family is cooperating with authorities, law enforcement officials briefed on the investigation told ABC News. Card's sister told investigators she thought Card might have been looking for an ex-girlfriend at the shooting locations, the sources said. One avenue of investigation is whether this mass shooting began as a domestic dispute, according to the sources.

Card was previously married. His ex-wife filed for the divorce, citing irreconcilable differences, which was granted in 2007 with shared custody of the couple's minor child, court documents show. The divorce order was amended in 2013 to include shared parental rights and responsibilities of the child, whose primary residence was with his mother, the documents show.

The suspect appears to have "interacted with conspiratorial content" online, information provided to law enforcement shows.

Topics he engaged with included but were not limited to: concerns about a financial crisis/stock market, LGBTQ+ issues, gun rights and commentary about Democratic public officials, including President Joe Biden, the information shows.

Card has been a U.S. Army reservist since December 2002, the Army said. His current rank is as a sergeant first class and his job is a petroleum supply specialist. He has no combat deployments.

Oct 27, 7:44 AM EDT

Card had affiliations at both targeted locations: Sources​


A law enforcement source with direct knowledge tells ABC News that Robert Card had affiliations with the two locations he allegedly targeted.

An ex-girlfriend is connected to one of the locations. According to the source, "We don’t think this was completely random."

The suspect also appears to have been fairly thoughtful about eluding police. He left behind a cellphone that authorities have recovered apparently suspecting it could be tracked.

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More at link. ~Summer
 

Coast Guard deploys ship, plane to search for Maine shooting suspect's boat​

BY KERRY BREEN
OCTOBER 26, 2023 / 3:57 PM / CBS NEWS

A Coast Guard official told CBS News that it has deployed resources to help search for Robert Card, the suspect in a mass shooting that left 18 people in Lewiston, Maine, dead late last night.

Card has been charged with eight counts of murder, officials said this morning. He's expected to be charged with further counts as the victims of the shooting are identified. On Wednesday night, police said they were searching for a "vehicle of interest," a white Subaru Outback that was registered to Card.

A law enforcement source told CBS News that the vehicle was found near a boat launch. Bowdoin College, an area college that is closed today amid shelter-in-place advisories, said in an emergency bulletin that the vehicle was "abandoned" by a boat dock.

The Coast Guard is now using a response vessel dispatched from Boothbay Harbor, Maine, and a fixed-wing aircraft from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, to search the waterways for Card, who is believed to be in a 15-foot lake boat. The search is focused on the northern shore of the waterway.

According to a Maine law enforcement bulletin seen by CBS News, Card has a 2022 Yamaha motorcycle and a 2019 Sea-Doo green boat registered in his name, in addition to the white Subaru. It's not clear if the Sea-Doo boat is the same boat that Card is believed to be in.

Card's car was found near the Androscoggin River, which flows into the Kennebec River. Both rivers are more than 170 miles long and empty into the Gulf of Maine. Some of the gulf's shoreline is in Canada. Canada's Border Services Agency issued an "armed and dangerous" alert to its officers along the U.S.-Canada border on Thursday, according to the Canadian Press.
 

Fox News' Bill Melugin contributed to this report.
Posted by Lawrence Richard

U.S. Border Patrol agents from an elite tactical unit known as "BORTAC" have joined the ongoing manhunt for Robert Card.

According to a senior U.S. Customs and Border Protection source, BORTAC agents arrived on Thursday and are on the ground assisting in the manhunt.

Recently, the elite tactical unit has been successful in resolving several high profile cases.

In September, a BORTAC unit helped track and find Danelo Cavalcante, a convicted killer who came to the U.S. illegally while suspected of another murder in his home country of Brazil.

BORTAC also found and captured the Cleveland, Texas mass shooter, Francisco Oropesa, in May.

In May, the tactical unit breached and killed Salvador Ramos, who gunned down 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
 

Updated: 7:24 AM EDT Oct 27, 2023
Shaun Ganley

LEWISTON, Maine —
The search for Robert Card enters its second full day after Wednesday night's mass shootings in Lewiston, Maine, left 18 people dead and 13 other people with injuries.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Robert Card, 40, of Bowdoin, on eight counts of murder, Col. William Ross with the Maine State Police said.

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The Colonel has said that the murder counts would be increased as the deceased are formally identified. ~Summer
 
While it is true that around 46% of Maine households have guns, you are not allowed to bring them into any establishment that serves alcohol. Not open carry or concealed carry. Both locations served alcohol. So basically, the locations were no gun zones. This is part of Maine gun laws.

The Manager of Schemengees Bar and Grille tried to get at the shooter with a butcher knife. He was killed.

 

Oct. 26, 2023, 2:25 PM EDT / Updated Oct. 26, 2023, 5:15 PM EDT
By Melissa Chan, Ken Dilanian and Tom Winter

The family of the Army reservist accused of fatally shooting more than a dozen people in Lewiston, Maine, alerted police and military officials that he was experiencing an “acute” mental health episode before the Wednesday night massacre, his sister-in-law said.

Robert Card, 40, a firearms instructor and longtime member of the Army Reserve, began to hear voices that were saying “horrible” things about him a couple of months ago when he was fitted for high-powered hearing aids, said Katie Card, who is married to his brother.

“He was picking up voices that he had never heard,” she told NBC News. “His mind was twisting them around. He was humiliated by the things that he thought were being said.”

Katie Card said the family did their best to reassure Robert Card that the comments were not real, including by verifying with some of the people he claimed had made the remarks.

But, she said, “it turned into a manic belief.”

“He was just very set in his belief that everyone was against him all of a sudden,” she said.

His sister-in-law said the family reached out to police and his Army Reserve base as they “got increasingly concerned" in the last couple of months.

“We just reached out to make sure everyone was on the same page, because he is someone who does gun training,” she said. “We were concerned about his mental state. That’s all.”

Her husband went “back and forth” with the Army, Katie Card said.

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Two senior law enforcement officials said Card’s unit commanders sent him to receive psychiatric treatment this summer after they became concerned about threats he made to the base and his claims that he was hearing voices.

Card spent about two weeks undergoing inpatient psychiatric treatment and was released, the officials said. It is not clear what further action was taken.

A Defense Department official said Card’s unit requested that law enforcement be contacted in July after he began behaving erratically. New York State Police responded and took him to Keller Army Community Hospital at the U.S. Military Academy for medical evaluation.

In a statement, Army spokesperson Bryce Dubee said there are no records to indicate that Card had instructed or participated in any training while his unit supported West Point summer training in July.

The Army did not train him as a firearms instructor, nor did he serve in that capacity for the Army, Dubee said.

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Katie Card declined to discuss whether the family tried to restrict his access to firearms.

As officers headed to Maine to help with the manhunt, a note was found at Robert Card's home during a search with a warrant, four senior law enforcement officials said. Investigators are trying to determine the meaning of the note and how it could guide their investigation, the officials said.

The weapon believed to have been used in the attack was a sniper rifle with .308 caliber bullets, and it was purchased legally this year, officials said.

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More at link. ~Summer
Well, huh. That's curious. Several deaf individuals have been reported as victims of his rampage.

Side note. Before anyone even thinks of equating being deaf or HOH with mental illness, let me just stop ✋ you now.
 
Many of you know that I had a family member who heard voices. He finally succumbed to his injuries after he poured gasoline on his head and lit himself on fire. He could have set a whole neighborhood on fire. The voices told him to do it, and it’s not that he just heard them, but he felt he had to follow their instruction. I don’t understand it, and you don’t understand it.

I also have a friend who has a daughter who is suffering from the voices. She has committed quite a few crimes against people in this local area, and they finally were able to put her in a mental facility. They kept her out there for 30 days, handed her some medication, and put her back out on the street. Of course she doesn’t take her medication now. She’s mentally ill!

I just want to say these things before somebody jumps on the family. My heart goes out to them because I’m sure they did try to get him help. Why didn’t he get it? Now that’s the question I have. Probably for another thread because this one is about finding this guy before he kills anyone else.
 

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