MAINE – The Lewiston, Maine, shooting rampage suspect was found dead Friday night, police said, about 48 hours after the attack that left 18 dead and 13 wounded.
CNN news reported that the suspect was believed to died from a self-inflicted gunshot – after a two-day manhunt, a state official said.
Robert Card, accused of committing Wednesday’s massacre at a bowling alley and a restaurant in Lewiston, Maine, was found dead around 7:45 p.m. Friday near the Androscoggin River in the Lisbon Falls area, some 10 miles Lewiston, state Public Safety Commissioner, Michael Sauschuck, told reporters.
Details about when Card died were still being investigated, Sauschuck said, and authorities had not announced a motive in the shooting.
Authorities intend to release more information Saturday morning about Card and the investigation.
Maine Governor, Janet Mills, said she was “breathing a sigh of relief tonight knowing that Card was no longer a threat to anyone.Now is a time to heal.’
“Tonight, the city of Lewiston and the state of Maine begin to move forward on a long road to healing,” she said.
Card’s body was found in an area near a recycling center from which he had recently been fired, a law enforcement source told CNN.
Earlier this week, authorities had found Card’s vehicle abandoned after the shooting near a boat launch in the Lisbon area.
The discovery of Card’s body ends an intense two-day search that saw hundreds of officers scour parts of southern Maine by land, water and air, and finishes a period in which communities were simultaneously grieving and riddled with anxiety about the suspect’s location.
Shelter-in-place orders for Androscoggin and northern Sagadahoc counties were in place from Wednesday night until they were lifted Friday afternoon, and schools, businesses and facilities were closed much of that time.
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