Person of interest in Maine shootings is a reservist with no military deployments, according to records
From CNN's Haley Britzky
Sgt. 1st Class Robert Card, a person of interest in two mass shootings on Wednesday night in Lewiston, Maine, is a petroleum supply specialist in the Army Reserve, according to records provided by the Army on Thursday.
Card enlisted in December 2002 and has had no combat deployments, according to his record. He is the recipient of standard military awards, including the Army Achievement Medal, two Army Reserve Component Achievement medals, the Humanitarian Service Medal, a National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.
Biden orders flags to be lowered after mass shooting
From CNN's Nikki Carvajal and Priscilla Alvarez
President Joe Biden ordered flags be lowered to half-staff on Wednesday as “a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on October 25, 2023, in Lewiston, Maine,” according to a proclamation issued by the White House.
Notably, the White House has still not issued a statement on the shooting other than to say that Biden was briefed on the situation last night.
Officials in Maine are expected to release more details on the shooting at a news conference this morning.
10:38 a.m. ET, October 26, 2023
L.L. Bean shuts headquarters, stores and factories in Maine
From CNN's Matt Egan
L.L. Bean, the outdoor goods retailer, has closed its flagship retail store, corporate headquarters, factories and other facilities in Maine as authorities conduct a manhunt following Wednesday's mass shootings.
A spokesperson for the century-old company, and one of Maine’s biggest employers, said it decided to shut the sites “out of an abundance of caution.”
The company’s large campus of four stores in Freeport, about 20 miles from Lewiston, as well as its corporate headquarters in that town will be closed on Thursday, L.L. Bean spokesperson Amanda Hannah said.
L.L. Bean said it has also closed a manufacturing facility located in Lewiston as well as another one in Brunswick and an order fulfillment center.
The tragic events in Lewiston last night have shocked and saddened all of us at L.L. Bean,” the company spokesperson said. “Our priority is, and will remain, the health and safety of our employees and customers. Our hearts and thoughts are with everyone effected by this tragedy in our beloved home state of Maine."
L.L. Bean employed more than 3,000 people across Maine as of the first quarter, according to state statistics.
Remember: Another major employer, Hannaford Supermarkets, has also closed all of its stores in Maine until at least 10 a.m. ET on Thursday, the company said on Facebook.
10:39 a.m. ET, October 26, 2023
Lisbon police chief urges residents to report "anything suspicious" as search continues after shootings
From CNN's Andy Rose
Authorities are searching Lisbon following mass shootings Wednesday in the neighboring city of Lewiston, the town’s police chief says.
“Please reach out if you see something suspicious, if something isn't right,” Chief Ryan McGee told reporters Thursday morning as he described the situation in Lisbon as an "active scene."
“If you look out in your yard, and you're like, that door wasn't open or that trailer wasn't positioned that way – if you see anything suspicious, please call us," he added.
McGee's officers have been chasing leads throughout the night and morning, he said.
“We've had everything from people calling about, you know, noises in the basement, noises in the woods, suspicious people, gunshots, all night long since the incident in Lewiston,” McGee said.
A “vehicle of interest” was found in Lisbon, law enforcement said. Lewiston police had said they were searching for a vehicle and posted an image of what appeared to bea small, white SUV with a front bumper believed to be painted black. Maine State Police confirmed to CNN the image is of the suspect’s car.
Although those leads have not yet resulted in police finding Robert Card, the person of interest, McGee said everyone who has any concerns about what they see should call police right away.
9:30 a.m. ET, October 26, 2023
Lewiston bowling alley says they "lost some amazing" people in last night's shooting
From CNN staff
A Lewiston bowling alley said they are devastated for their community, staff and that they lost some amazing people in Wednesday night's mass shooting.
"None of this seems real, but unfortunately it is," Just-In-Time Recreation wrote on their Facebook page. "We are devastated for our community and our staff. We lost some amazing and whole hearted people from our bowling family and community last night. There are no words to fix this or make it better. We praying for everyone who has been affected by this horrific tragedy. We love you all and hold you close in our hearts."
The bowling alley was one of two locations where a gunman opened fire, killing at least 16 people and injuring dozens.
9:39 a.m. ET, October 26, 2023
Auburn mayor: There's going to be "very few people" in our town that "have not been touched" by shooting
"Several of them aren't with us anymore. And the other folks that I knew that were there either as witnesses or family members of witnesses — it's obviously, traumatic. The bright shot was seeing individuals reunified with their loved ones after not knowing for so long. On the other side, the ones that are waiting and waiting and probably would never be reunified," he said.
The mayor said "yes" when asked if he lost friends in the shooting, adding, "there is going to be very few people in this community that have not been touched by this."
Levesque described a scene of "silence" in Auburn after the shooting.
"The silence of just not knowing, that’s what they don’t say," he told CNN Thursday. "It will be with me the rest of my life."
8:54 a.m. ET, October 26, 2023
Major Northeast grocery chain closing all stores in Maine due to shelter in place advisory
From CNN's Andy Rose
Hannaford Supermarkets, a major Northeast grocery chain, is keeping all of its stores in Maine closed Thursday morning as the search for a suspect in a fatal mass shooting in Lewiston continues.
“All Hannaford stores in Maine will be closed until at least 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 26,” the company wrote on Facebook. “Our stores are following all shelter in place advisories and guidance from law enforcement.”
Some stores did open at their regular times Thursday before learning about the closure order, and they are “in the process of transitioning people out of the store," the chain said.
Hannaford has 58 locations in Maine, according to its website.
“The health and safety of our associates and customers is our top priority,” the company said.
8:45 a.m. ET, October 26, 2023
Federal agencies are assisting in search for person of interest in Lewiston shooting
From CNN's Evan Perez
Federal agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and others, have joined the search for a person of interest who police say is connected to the shootings in Lewiston, Maine, according to US law enforcement officials.
The FBI has sent dozens of agents and other staff to assist the local and state police leading the investigation.
These include evidence collection and SWAT teams, victims assistance experts and technical specialists, US law enforcement officials said.
New York ATF is also responding in support of Boston ATF to the massive active shooter incident and subsequent manhunt, they wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.
Investigators are looking at cell phone signals to try to identify his movement in the hours and days before the shootings, as well as examining social media and other electronic records to try to identify his whereabouts.
10:26 a.m. ET, October 26, 2023
Authorities schedule news conference about mass shooting for 10:30 a.m. ET in Lewiston
From CNN’s Chris Boyette and Jennifer Henderson
A news conference about the mass shooting will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Lewiston City Hall, according to Maine State Police public information officer Shannon Moss.
Meanwhile, the manhunt continues for Robert Card, who Lewiston police identified as "a person of interest" and said should be “considered armed and dangerous."
Maine Gov. Janet Mills will also be present at the conference, her office said in a statement, adding that she has spoken to President Joe Biden who pledged his administration's full support.
The governor received multiple briefings throughout the night by Department of Public Safety Commissioner Mike Sauschuck, the statement noted, saying a shelter-in-place order remains in affect across the towns of Lewiston, Lisbon, and Bowdoin.