New information has emerged regarding the suspect in the Maine mass shootings, Robert Card, as reports indicate a connection to Wisconsin through a fellow Army Reserve member.
Clifford Steeves, a resident of Massachusetts, informed CNN that he served alongside Robert Card in the U.S. Army Reserve. Their service spanned from the 2000s until approximately a decade ago, encompassing locations across the country, including Wisconsin, Georgia, and New York. Steeves recounted their shared military experiences, emphasizing that he never observed any alarming behavior from Card.
Steeves described Card as a reserved and considerate individual, asserting that he did not abuse his authority or mistreat fellow soldiers. He added, “He was a very nice guy — very quiet. He never overused his authority or was mean or rude to other soldiers,” and expressed his deep dismay at the situation.
In parallel developments, it has come to light that Robert Card, an active U.S. Army reservist implicated in the fatal shootings of at least 18 individuals in Maine, was taken into custody for evaluation by law enforcement in mid-July. The concern arose from his erratic behavior, according to a U.S. official with knowledge of the matter.
The official disclosed that military commanders within the Army Reserve’s 3rd Battalion, 304th Infantry Regiment grew apprehensive about Card’s conduct while the unit was engaged in training at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York. They deemed it necessary to involve law enforcement due to concerns for Card’s well-being and stability. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, was not authorized to publicly discuss the incident.