The suspect behind Wednesday’s tragic mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine, which claimed the lives of 18 innocent individuals, has been found dead after a three-day manhunt. During a press conference on Friday night, officials disclosed that Robert Card’s lifeless body was located in a recycling yard in Lisbon, Maine, at precisely 7:45 p.m.
BREAKING: Maine shooting suspect Robert Card has been found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, multiple law enforcement sources told ABC News.
A body has been recovered, the sources said. The body was found at a recycling center in Lisbon where Card worked, sources said. pic.twitter.com/DkJZZc8h8S
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Per authorities, Card was still dressed in the same attire seen in the photographs released by the police on Wednesday night. He reportedly died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Officials in Maine made the grim discovery of Robert Card’s lifeless body in a recycling yard located in Lisbon, Maine, at precisely 7:45 p.m. His attire still mirrored that captured in the police-released photographs from Wednesday night, painting a haunting picture of the events that transpired.
Democrat Gov. Janet Mills addressed the press conference, saying, “The Maine State Police located the body of Robert Card, he is dead… I’m breathing a sigh of relief knowing that Card is no longer a threat to anyone.”
Lewiston Police Department’s David St. Pierre echoed the governor’s sentiments, emphasizing, “Our community can now breathe a sigh of relief.”
Despite the relief of finding the suspect, details surrounding Card’s death remain sparse. The Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office simply confirmed, “The suspect in Wednesday night’s shootings has been located and is deceased.”
A manhunt for Robert Card had been underway since late Wednesday night following the horrifying mass shootings at the Sparetime Recreation bowling alley and Schemengees Bar and Grille, leaving behind victims ranging in age from 14 to 76.
The manhunt involved multiple police departments from Maine, assistance from departments in other states, the FBI, SWAT teams, and various federal agencies.
Mills also took a moment to acknowledge the immense collaborative effort that led to this crucial discovery. “This discovery is entirely thanks to the hundreds of local, county, state, and federal law enforcement members from all over and people from other states as well, people who searched tirelessly to arrive at this moment,” she stated.