Robert Card, Military-Trained Firearms Instructor, Suspected in Killing 18 People, Dies in Apparent Suicide After 48-Hour Manhunt
In a chilling turn of events, the body of Robert Card, a 40-year-old military-trained firearms instructor accused of killing 18 people in Lewiston, Maine, was discovered on Friday night near the Androscoggin River in Lisbon Falls. The revelation came during a press conference led by Maine Department of Public Safety Commissioner Mike Sauschuck, marking the end of an intensive 48-hour manhunt.
Card, the prime suspect in the Wednesday night massacre at a Lewiston bowling alley, reportedly succumbed to an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Authorities remain uncertain about the exact time of his death as investigations into the tragic incident continue.
The horrifying attack unfolded in the city of Lewiston, home to approximately 36,000 residents, leaving 18 dead and 13 injured. The suspect, identified as Robert Card, served as a firearms instructor at the US Army Reserve training facility, raising concerns about his background, including reported mental health issues.
Law enforcement initiated a citywide lockdown as soon as Card was identified, with a widespread search underway. A vehicle believed to be used by the suspect was located in Lisbon, prompting residents in the vicinity to take shelter as a precaution.
President Joe Biden, in a statement from the White House, expressed condolences for the victims and highlighted the collective trauma experienced by those affected by gun violence. Urging Congress to take swift action, he called for the passage of legislation banning assault weapons, high-capacity magazines, and the implementation of universal background checks.
The tragic incident adds to the alarming statistics of gun-related deaths in the United States. According to the Gun Violence Archive, a non-profit organization, the toll stands at 35,306 lives lost to gun violence as of October 26, including 1,160 teenagers and 246 children this year alone. The President’s plea for stricter gun control measures reflects a growing concern over the pervasive impact of such incidents on American society.
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