Maine mass shooting: At least 16 feared dead in US city of Lewiston

A person of interest identified by police as Robert Card. Photo Courtesy: Lewiston Maine Police Department via BBC

Kathmandu: A gunman opened fire at a bowling alley and a restaurant in Maine on Wednesday, killing at least 16 people and sparking a massive police manhunt.

The shootings began early evening in the small city of Lewiston.

Police there have told residents to stay indoors, as well as in Lisbon, Bowdoin and Auburn.

They named Robert Card, 40, a firearms instructor, as a person of interest and described him as “armed and dangerous”.

Police have not yet officially confirmed a death toll but CBS, the BBC’s US partner, said multiple law enforcement sources said there were at least 16 casualties.

There have also been reports of at least 50 people injured.

Lewiston police said officers had responded to reports of shooting at two locations, a restaurant called Schemengees, and Sparetime Recreation, a bowling alley, which appear to be about four miles (6.5km) apart.

Robert Card is a firearms instructor who was trained by the US military at a facility in the city of Saco, Maine, according to a state police bulletin seen by CBS.

The bulletin also said he had spent time in a mental health centre in the summer of 2023 and had threatened to commit a shooting at the base.

(News Source: BBC)