Robert Card, the suspect in Wednesday’s shooting that left 18 people dead in Lewiston, Maine, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot Friday evening.
Update: At a press conference Friday evening, Maine officials revealed that Robert Card’s body was discovered at a recycling yard in Lisbon, Maine. Her body was still wearing the same clothes Card was wearing in photographs released by police Wednesday evening.
Gov. Janet Mills (D) spoke at the press conference, saying, “Maine State Police have located the body of Robert Card, he is dead. »
She added: “I breathe a sigh of relief knowing that Card no longer poses a threat to anyone.”
Details about Card’s death are scarce, but WCVB reported that the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office announced, “The suspect in Wednesday night’s shooting has been located and is deceased.” »
A manhunt for Card has been underway since Wednesday evening. The manhunt involved various Maine police departments, departments from other states, the FBI and other federal agencies.
Breitbart News noted that Card used a “legally” purchased .308 sniper rifle.
Questions arise about how he purchased the rifle legally, as he was taken to a West Point hospital for evaluation in mid-July 2023.
Two questions in particular: 1) Did Card’s mental evaluation at a West Point hospital in mid-July 2023 not rise to the level of involuntary commitment? or 2) Did someone drop the ball by reporting an involuntary engagement with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to prevent a background check from passing?
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