In a tragic incident that unfolded in Lewiston, Maine, at least 16 people were killed, and between 50 and 60 others were injured, according to FOX News. The State Police issued an alert late on Wednesday, urging residents to stay indoors and off the roads to allow emergency services to pass.
The Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office took to Facebook to post two photos of the suspect, showing him holding a rifle. The sheriff’s statement emphasized that the man was wanted in connection with the shootings. President Joe Biden has been informed of the incident, as reported by Reuters.
The suspect remains at large as the shootings reportedly took place at a restaurant and a bowling alley. Authorities in Maine are investigating two active shooter events and businesses have been encouraged to lock down or close while investigations are ongoing.
Contradictory reports about the number of casualties have also emerged. While most sources confirm at least 16 dead, a report from the Washington Examiner suggests that as many as 22 people might have been killed in the shootings. The report also stated that between 50 and 60 people had been injured in what was described as “active shooter events” at two businesses.
The incident has sent shockwaves through the community and the nation at large, prompting a swift response from law enforcement agencies. The situation remains fluid, with authorities investigating multiple areas across the town.
The authorities are leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to apprehend the suspect and provide aid to the victims. The incident has also led to a heightened state of alert, with residents advised to stay indoors and businesses to remain closed until further notice.
The incident is one of the deadliest shootings in recent US history and has reignited debates about gun control and public safety. As the investigation continues, the nation waits for answers, hoping for a swift resolution to this devastating event.