The latest: Maine mass shooting suspect is dead

Published: Oct. 27, 2023 at 8:59 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 27, 2023 at 10:33 PM EDT
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LEWISTON, Maine (WABI) - Officials confirmed Friday evening that the Maine mass murder suspect, Robert Card, is dead.

Friday afternoon, officials have released the name of the people killed in Wednesday shootings in Lewiston.

  • Ronald G. Morin, 55
  • Peyton Brewer-Ross, 40
  • Joshua Seal, 36
  • Bryan MacFarlane, 41
  • Joseph Walker, 57
  • Arthur Strout, 42
  • Maxx Hathaway, 35
  • Steve Vozzella, 45
  • Thomas Conrad, 34
  • Michael Deslauriers II, 51
  • Jason Walker, 51
  • Tricia Asselin, 53
  • William Young, 44
  • Aaron Young, 14
  • Robert Violette, 76
  • Lucy Violette, 73
  • William Brackett, 48
  • Keith Macneir, 64

Gov. Janet Mills released this statement following the release of the 18 names

“The victims of this tragedy are our family, friends, colleagues, and neighbors. It is often said that our state is ‘one big, small town’ because Maine is such a closeknit community. As a result, many of us know the victims personally, including me, who lost a friend in Josh Seal, who Maine people fondly remember from his service as an ASL interpreter during our COVID-19 briefings. I am heartbroken for the families of these victims, including Aaron Young who was just fourteen years old. Tonight, I ask Maine people to join me in reading their stories, learning who they were, celebrating them as beloved people, and mourning them as irreplaceable. My heart continues to go out to those who are recovering from their injuries, and we remain committed to seeking justice for all those impacted by this unspeakable tragedy.”

Authorities have received over 530 tips and have spoken with 70 witnesses in their investigation into the mass shootings in Lewiston Wednesday night, according to Public Safety Commissioner Michael Mike Sauschuck.

Sauschuck and Lewison Chief of Police David St. Pierre provided an update on the search process and daily plan moving forward at a news conference Friday morning at Lewiston City Hall.

Robert Card, 40, of Bowdoin, who has been charged with eight counts of murder, is still on the loose

More charges were anticipated by state officials as the identities of additional shooting victims were officially confirmed.

Sauschuck announced only eight of the 18 people killed in the shootings have been positively identified. However, the Office of Chief Medical Examiner says all 18 people have been identified.

Sauschuck also said there are ongoing discussion with Inland Fisheries & Wildlife regarding the start of the firearms hunting season Saturday.

Officials have provided a digital tip line to submit photo/video evidence which can be found here.

He also listed out the search plan as they work around the clock:

  • 3:00-4:00 a.m.: Officers plan what the next day will look like followed by a morning briefing
  • 10:00 a.m.: Daily press conference with a potential afternoon conference if updates allow.
  • There will be more of a pattern day in and day out and updates will be more operational in nature
  • Continued investigation at the bowling alley and restaurant where the shootings took place
  • Paper Mills Trail and Miller Park Boat Launch will be a large focus as will many other locations. Divers will be in the water Friday with air resources.

Mark Latti with the Maine Wardens Service addressed the search in Lisbon.

He says crews are focusing on the area where Card’s car was found, including the river. They are utlizing crews on the ground and from the air, as well as divers and sumbersible ROVs.

Law enforcement says authorities found a suicide note at a home associated with Card on Thursday that was addressed to his son, according to the Associated Press, which did not provide a specific motive. The AP also reports that authorities recovered Card’s cellphone in the home.

In a press briefing Friday afternoon, officials rescinded the shelter in place.

It was also announced that the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is prohibiting all hunting in the towns of Bowdoin, Lewiston, Lisbon, and Monmouth.

This goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Oct. 28 and will be in place until further notice.