Wednesday night, the Lewiston, Maine police department identified an individual of interest in connection with a series of mass shootings.
A photo of Card that might have been used for a driver's license was also supplied by the agency. Authorities previously released surveillance photographs of a man who appeared to be him, and the images show him with a long gun.
"I am heartbroken for our city and our people," Mayor Carl Sheline of Lewiston stated in a statement. We will need all of Lewiston's legendary toughness and strength in the coming days.
Portland's Maine Medical Center has prepared for possible patient transportation by notifying on-call personnel and increasing critical care and operating room capacity.
Organization confirms it will receive one patient transfer from Central Maine Medical Center, according to an email statement sent to local media. Additional MaineHealth medical centers are also ready to assist with patient care. The Maine Medical Center and other hospitals in the MaineHealth system have closed their campuses to the general public until further notice out of an abundance of caution and because of the fluid nature of the situation.
Superintendent Jake Langlais stated, "There remains a lot of unknowns at this time," in a statement posted on the school district's website. Information travels rapidly but isn't necessarily reliable. Keep taking cover or seek refuge immediately.
A number of Maine officials, including Governor Janet Mills, Senators Angus King and Susan Collins, and Representative Jared Golden, have reportedly discussed the event with Vice President Biden, who has been kept up to speed on the matter by the White House. In an official statement, he promised "full federal support" after the incident.
The Attorney General has been briefed and will continue to closely monitor the issue, according to a Justice Department official. Our state and local law enforcement allies in Maine are receiving assistance from the federal government in Lewiston.
The plot is still unfolding. It's possible that some things you read in the media are inaccurate. We'll pay close attention to what local authorities, reputable media outlets, and reporters at the site have to say. We will provide updates as the situation progresses.