Maine mass shooting suspect Robert Card “truly believed he was hearing people say things” about him at the bowling alley and bar where police say he opened fire, murdering 18 people total, Card’s sister-in-law told The Daily Beast.
Card, 40, opened fire inside Just-In-Time Recreation bowling alley and Schemengees Bar & Grille, both in Lewiston, Maine’s second-largest city, around 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Cops were alerted to an active shooter at the bowling alley at 6:56 p.m., Maine State Police said Thursday morning, then began receiving a series of 911 calls at 7:08 p.m. about an active shooter at Schemengees. When cops responded, they found one man shot dead outside the bar, and seven more deceased men inside.
An additional seven people were found dead at the bowling alley — which was hosting a youth league at the time — officials said, adding that three victims died after being transferred to area hospitals.
Card, of Bowdoin, Maine, is still on the loose as cops have 8 murder warrants out for his arrest. He should be considered “armed and dangerous,” officials reiterated Thursday during a news briefing, urging anyone who thinks they’ve spotted him not to approach, and to contact police immediately.
At least 13 others were injured in the carnage, officials said at the press conference — though earlier reports had the injured number around 50.
So far, two wounded victims have been identified:
- Zoey Hutchinson, 10, who spoke to ABC News the morning after she was grazed by a bullet and took cover with her mother at Just-In-Time bowling alley; and
- Justin Karcher, 23, who is on a ventilator in the ICU, where doctors have to “keep resuscitating him” following emergency surgery, his mother told the Washington Post. Four years ago, Karcher witnessed his father die “in front of him,” after being gunned down in a Walmart parking lot, Jessica Karcher said.