Robert Card, the suspect in the mass shooting that occurred in Lewiston, Maine, has been found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to authorities. The discovery brings relief to residents who had been on lockdown since the shooting, which claimed 18 lives and injured 13 others on Wednesday night.
Maine Governor Janet Mills expressed her relief during a late Friday press conference, stating that the news of Card’s death means he is no longer a threat to anyone. She emphasized the long and difficult road to healing that the city of Lewiston and the state of Maine now face, but assured that they will heal together.
Card was located in the woods approximately 8 miles away from the site of the massacre, near a recycling center where he used to work. He was found wearing the same clothes he had on during the shooting, as reported by Michael Shepherd of the local Bangor Daily News, who cited Maine Senator Angus King.
Residents of Lewiston had been in a state of lockdown as law enforcement agencies conducted an extensive manhunt for Card. The suspect faced eight counts of attempted murder in connection with the shooting at Schemengees Bar and Grille and Just-in-Time Recreation, a nearby bowling alley. Maine State Police Colonel William Ross stated that additional charges are likely to be issued as all 18 victims have now been identified by the state medical examiner’s office.
The fear sparked by the mass killing extended beyond Lewiston, with officials in Portland closing down public buildings and Canada’s Border Services Agency issuing an “armed and dangerous” alert to agents stationed along the U.S. border. In New York, officers received a photo of Card and were tasked with checking vehicles at bridges and tunnels leading into the city.
Card, a U.S. Army reservist, had undergone a mental health evaluation over the summer after displaying erratic behavior during training, according to a U.S. official. His sister-in-law, Katie Card, revealed that he believed he was hearing people say disparaging things about him at the bowling alley and bar. Investigators also learned that Card may have been searching for an ex-girlfriend at those locations, as shared by his sister.