Vehicle of interest located in town of Lisbon, public safety official says
From CNN’s Sara Smart
A vehicle of interest was located in Lisbon, Maine, Mike Sauschuck, state commissioner for the Department of Public Safety, said during a news briefing Wednesday night.
Lisbon is about 8 miles southeast of the city of Lewiston, where the shooting unfolded earlier Wednesday.
Residents in Lisbon and Lewiston are being told to shelter in place as the manhunt for a person of interest, Robert Card, continues, he said.
Hundreds of officers continue to search for Card as he remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous, Sauschuck said.
Sauschuck noted the shootings began around 6:56 p.m. ET on Wednesday evening and there were multiple locations involved.
12:33 a.m. ET, October 26, 2023
Eyewitness describes scene outside Sparetime Recreation bowling alley
An eyewitness said that she saw "definitely more than a dozen" people leaving the bowling alley where one of the shootings in Lewiston, Maine, happened Wednesday evening.
Nichoel Wyman Arel described a large police and ambulance presence outside of Sparetime Recreation following the deadly incident. Arel said she saw officers patting people down as they came out of the bowling alley.
Arel was driving home with a friend from Girl Scouts when they came across the tragic scene. Arel captured footage of people being patted down and leaving the bowling alley.
She saw a person who looked like they "had blood all over them" but couldn't tell if they were injured themselves. "It's all kind of a blur. I wasn't really taking in a lot of the details," Arel said.
Arel also said that she saw children on the scene with their families.
"Yeah, there were kids, that's — Like, looking back, like that was probably the hardest part, seeing — just families, families pouring out of there and knowing that that happened in there while they were probably just trying to have a family night," Arel told CNN.
Arel's young daughter was with her when she witnessed the aftermath of the shooting.
"She was definitely scared. She's like — she started crying and said, 'This is a scary world we live in mom.' I'm like, 'I know.'"
When she got home, Arel said that she locked up the house, including windows. She owns a firearm which she said made her daughter "feel better to know that I was carrying it around."
Arel said that her daughter "was scared somebody was going to come into our home."
Lewiston residents are being told to continue to shelter in place.
11:42 p.m. ET, October 25, 2023
Police identify person of interest in Maine shootings and warn he's armed and dangerous
From CNN’s Sara Smart
The Lewiston Police Department has identified Robert Card as a person of interest in the two shootings in Lewiston.
Card is 40 years old and should be “considered armed and dangerous,” according a Facebook post from the Lewiston Police Department.
Law enforcement officials in Maine describe Card as a certified firearms instructor and a member of the US Army Reserves.
Here's the full statement from Lewiston Police:
"Law Enforcement is attempting to locate Robert Card 4/4/1983, as a person of interest regarding the mass shooting at Schemengees Bar and Sparetime Recreation this evening. CARD should be considered armed and dangerous. Please contact law enforcement if you are aware of his whereabouts."
The New Hampshire State Police is assisting in the search for Card, including the use of its helicopter, state police spokesperson Amber Lagace said.
CNN's Joe Sutton contributed reporting to this post.
11:02 p.m. ET, October 25, 2023
Biden spoke with Maine governor and lawmakers about the Lewiston shootings
From CNN's Donald Judd
President Joe Biden spoke by phone with a number of Maine lawmakers in the wake of the mass shootings in Lewiston, Maine, the White House press office told pool Wednesday.
"The President spoke by phone individually to Maine Governor Janet Mills, Senators Angus King and Susan Collins, and Congressman Jared Golden about the shooting in Lewiston, Maine and offered full federal support in the wake of this horrific attack,” the White House said in a statement.
10:55 p.m. ET, October 25, 2023
Justice Department and Homeland Security offer support following Maine mass shootings
From CNN's Hannah Rabinowitz and Holmes Lybrand
Attorney General Merrick Garland and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas both have been briefed on the shootings in Maine.
Garland will "continue to closely monitor the situation," a Department of Justice spokesperson said. The spokesperson added, "Federal law enforcement agencies are assisting our state and local law enforcement partners in Lewiston, Maine."
A Department of Homeland Security spokesperson offered condolences to those who lost loved ones in the deadly shootings.
"The entire Department of Homeland Security grieves with the loved ones of those killed and injured, and stands with the brave law enforcement officers and first responders who are currently working to secure and safeguard the people of Lewiston," the spokesperson said in a statement.
10:58 p.m. ET, October 25, 2023
Lewiston councilor recalls shooting as "a real scary event"
Lewiston City Councilor Robert McCarthy, whose home is located half a mile from where one of the shootings happened, recalled the incident as "a real scary event."
"We locked all the doors. We grabbed the guns," he told CNN's Abby Phillip Wednesday night. "We're just waiting to hear that they catch the individual or individuals that did this."
He said his "hearts and prayers go out to everybody involved and we're thinking of you."
10:41 p.m. ET, October 25, 2023
At least 22 dead in mass shootings, Lewiston city councilor tells CNN
From CNN’s Joe Sutton
At least 22 people were killed in the mass shootings in Lewiston, City Councilor Robert McCarthy told CNN in a phone interview.
McCarthy said he received this information from a city administrator in a text message.
Central Maine Medical Center is calling in any available off-duty staff as a result of the deadly shooting, McCarthy said. The armory has been set up as a triage center, McCarthy added.
10:26 p.m. ET, October 25, 2023
FBI's Boston office says it is ready to assist in shooting investigation
From CNN's Taylor Romine
The FBI office in Boston said it's ready to assist following the deadly mass shootings in Lewiston, Maine.
"The FBI Boston Division continues to coordinate with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners in Maine and we stand ready to assist with any available resources they need, including evidence response, investigative and tactical support, as well as victim assistance," the FBI in Boston said in a statement.
"We continue to urge the public to remain vigilant and report any and all suspicious activity and/or individuals to law enforcement immediately," the statement added. "As this situation is still very fluid, we have no further comment at this time and will refer you to the Maine State Police."
10:36 p.m. ET, October 25, 2023
Maine lawmakers react to Lewiston mass shootings
From CNN staff
Following the deadly mass shootings in Lewiston, Maine, lawmakers representing the state reacted to the incidents as a manhunt is underway for the suspect.
Here are the statements they posted on social media:
US Sen. Angus King posted: "Senator King is deeply sad for the city of Lewiston and all those worried about their family, friends and neighbors. He's receiving regular updates, awaits further details from local authorities, and will be headed directly home to Maine once the Senate's final vote is held tomorrow afternoon. Given the shelter in place currently underway, he asks all in Androscoggin County to allow first responders to address the threat, stay indoors, and report any suspicious behavior to the local authorities."
US Rep. Chellie Pingree posted:"I am closely monitoring the reports of mass shootings in Lewiston. The unfolding violence is shocking and I am holding the affected communities in my prayers."
Rep. Jared Golden posted: "Like all Mainers, I'm horrified by the events in Lewiston tonight. This is my hometown. Right now, all of us are looking to local law enforcement as they gain control of the situation and gather information. Our hearts break for those who are affected and we encourage everyone to follow the directions of the authorities as they conduct their work."