A month before the deadliest mass shooting in Maine, an Army reservist had tried to warn authorities about his friend Robert Card’s concerning behavior, according to police records. The reservist, identified as Hodgson, expressed fears that Card could “snap and do a mass shooting.” Text messages between Hodgson and fellow reservist and police corporal Kevin Mote revealed their concerns about Card’s deteriorating mental health. Hodgson mentioned that Card still possessed all of his weapons and believed he would carry out a mass shooting. Hodgson also mentioned Card’s claims of hearing imaginary voices that accused him of being a pedophile.
In July, Card reportedly became aggressive towards his fellow reservists, including Oxford County Sheriff Christopher Wainwright and Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Deputy Matthew Noyes, due to the imaginary insults. Card allegedly shoved another soldier and locked himself in his hotel room. Hodgson also informed Mote that Card had threatened to “shoot up the drill center and Saco and other places,” possibly referring to an army training center in Saco, Maine.
Mote and his superiors requested the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office to check on Card, who resided in their jurisdiction. However, it remains unclear how Card, despite the warnings, managed to retain his weapons and carry out the deadly attack.