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Maine: 16 Dead In US Mass Shooting; Massive Police Hunt Underway As Residents Take Shelter

The US city of Lewiston has been put on lockdown and police have asked residents to stay locked behind doors. Businesses have been ordered shut.

Massive hunt underway in Lewiston, Maine (US) for the mass shooter
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A massive hunt is underway in the US state of Maine after a man shot and killed at least 16 people in Lewiston city on Wednesday. The shooter attacked unsuspecting people at a restaurant and a bowling alley. The attacker, identified as 40-year-old Robert Card by the police, then fled into the darkness triggering a massive hunt by cops.

Law enforcement officials have said that the toll may rise further, describing it as a 'fluid situation'. many have also been injured in the shooting.

Lewiston, Maine shooting - top points to know

- The US city has been put on lockdown and police have asked residents to stay locked behind doors. Businesses have been ordered shut.

- Hundreds of police officials have been deployed to hunt the shooter. In a bulletin, the police said the shooting started at around 7 pm.

- Card has been described as a person of interest by the police, who said the man is "armed and dangerous". Police said Card was a firearms instructor who is also believed to be in the Army Reserve. he had undergone training at a facility in Saco, Maine.

- The bulletin described Card as a mental health patient who was admitted to a facility for two weeks in the summer of 2023. Associated Press reported referring to the document that Card had reported “hearing voices and threats to shoot up” the military base. 

- On Facebook, Lewiston Police had earlier posted that the incident took place at Schemengees Bar and Grille and at Sparetime Recreation, a bowling alley. The distance between the two scenes of attack was about 4 miles (6.4 kilometres).

- It was reported that many survivors of the shooting were taken on a bus to a middle school in the neighbouring city of Auburn. 

- Two pictures of the suspected shooter have been released on Facebook by the Androscoggin County Sheriff's Office.

- Governor Janet Mills too asked people to take shelter. The White House said in a statement that President Joe Biden spoke to Mills over the phone, offering “full federal support in the wake of this horrific attack”.

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