In the wake ofthat killed at least 18 people and left more than a dozen dead Wednesday night, area authorities urged residents to stay home as the manhunt for a person of interest continues.
Authorities identified Robert R. Card, 40, as the suspect in the shooting. Lewiston police said he should be considered armed and dangerous.
“We will have it, there is no doubt in my mind. It’s a matter of when and I urge everyone to stay home, shelter in place and be with your family and friends this moment,” said Mayor Jason Levesque, of the neighboring community. of Auburn, Maine, told “CBS Mornings.”
Schools were closed as a precaution. Alert protocols have been expanded beyond Maine, with authoritiesand as far away as New York on the prowl.
State police saidshortly before 7 p.m. with a shooting , followed by further shootings in a bar and restaurant around 8 p.m. The sheriff’s office released surveillance footage showing an armed man, believed to be the suspect, entering the bowling alley. At 8:09 p.m., Maine State Police announced an active shooter situation, advising residents to secure their premises.
A witness described a scene of terror, describing sudden gunshots interrupting a normal evening at the bowling alley. At first he thought it was something as harmless as a popping balloon. The reality was much deadlier.
“I just booked it into the alley and slipped over to where the pins are, climbed up to the machine and stood on top of the machines for about 10 minutes until the cops came ” the man said.
Around 11:30 p.m., a vehicle believed to be connected to the shooting was located in Lisbon, eight miles from Lewiston, with the driver’s side door ajar, indicating it had fled. This prompted a response from units across the state.
As the manhunt continues for a second day, the community grapples with shock and grief. Local hospitals are overflowing with victims and staff are overwhelmed.
Distraught family members, desperate for news of their loved ones, gathered at an Auburn middle school set up as a temporary gathering point.
“You can see the joy and relief on people’s faces as they regain individuality,” Lévesque said. “And on the other hand, you’re talking to individuals who are still waiting to be heard.”