In a culmination to a harrowing week, the suspect of the devastating mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine, was found dead on Friday evening, ending a two-day intense manhunt. The suspect, Robert Card, a 40-year-old US Army reservist, was accused of a shooting spree that claimed 18 lives and injured 13 others at a bowling alley and a restaurant on Wednesday.

Body Found by the River

State Public Safety Commissioner Michael Sauschuck informed the press that Card’s body was discovered near the Androscoggin River in the Lisbon Falls area, approximately 10 miles from Lewiston. The preliminary examination suggests a self-inflicted gunshot wound as the cause of death.

Maine Governor Janet Mills expressed relief at the news, emphasizing that the community can now start the healing process.

“Tonight, the city of Lewiston and the state of Maine begin to move forward on a long road to healing,”

said Gov. Mills in a press briefing.

The discovery of Card’s body unfolded near a recycling center, from which he was recently terminated. Earlier this week, authorities found Card’s abandoned vehicle near a boat launch in the Lisbon area, which broadened the scope of the search to waterways.

The tragic event on Wednesday night marked the deadliest mass shooting in the US since last year’s massacre at a school in Uvalde, Texas. The victims ranged in age from 14 to 76, showcasing the indiscriminate nature of the violence.
Investigations into Card’s actions revealed that he had legally purchased the firearm used in the massacre just days before a psychiatric evaluation in July. This information emerged amidst a backdrop of reports about Card’s erratic behavior at Camp Smith in Cortlandt, New York, where he served. Following an incident at the base, Card was admitted to a nearby hospital for suspected intoxication.