A suspect in the killing of 18 people and the wounding of 13 in two mass shootings in Maine was found dead, according to the Associated Press, after authorities issued arrest warrants on several felony counts. murder and launched a massive manhunt against him.
Robert Card, who was wanted in connection with the shootings at Schemengees Bar and Grille and Just-In-Time Recreation bowling alley in Lewiston, is believed to have died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, a law enforcement official said to the P.
Card’s body was found in the woods near the city of Lisbon by a recycling center from which he had recently been fired, CNN reported, citing a police source.
Card, who has a history of mental illness, had been described by police as “armed and dangerous.”
Card’s car was discovered shortly before midnight in Lisbon, about eight miles from the murder scene. Authorities have urged residents in both cities and surrounding areas to shelter in place as a manhunt involving hundreds of law enforcement personnel continues.
Amid the manhunt, there has also been a focus on Card’s mental health history. He had been taken by police for an evaluation after military officials became concerned about his erratic behavior in mid-July, a U.S. official told The Associated Press.
The official told the AP that commanders of the Army Reserve’s 3rd Battalion, 304th Infantry Regiment became concerned in mid-July that Card was acting erratically as the unit trained at the West Point Military Academy in New York.
The official said military commanders were concerned about Card’s safety and requested that police be called. New York State Police took Card to Keller Military Community Hospital in West Point for evaluation, the official said.