Who is Maine mass shooting suspect Robert Card?

Authorities have named Robert Card, a 40-year-old firearms instructor in the Army Reserve, as the suspect in a mass shooting that killed 18 people in Lewiston, Maine, on Wednesday night.

Here’s what we know about the Card so far.

Card is still at large and named in an arrest warrant on eight counts of murder, Maine State Police Colonel William Ross said at a press conference Thursday morning. The counts are expected to rise to 18 as remaining victims are identified, Ross said.

In the press conference, Maine Gov. Janet Mills stated Card is still considered armed and dangerous and residents “should not approach him under any circumstances.”

Officials said Thursday they would not yet speak to Card’s possible motives, including his mental health history.

However, a police bulletin circulated by law enforcement Wednesday night and reported by the AP noted Card had been committed to a mental health facility for two weeks in the summer of 2023.

The bulletin said Card had reported “hearing voices and threats to shoot up” the military base, according to the AP, but did not provide details regarding his treatment or diagnosis.

The bulletin also reportedly stated Card worked as a firearms instructor and is a member of the Army Reserve assigned to a training facility in Saco, Maine.

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“Sgt. 1st Class Robert R. Card II is a Petroleum Supply Specialist in the Army Reserve, enlisting in December 2002,” said Army spokesperson Bryce Dubee. “He has no combat deployments.”

Card was awarded with the Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal x2, Humanitarian Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon, Dubee stated.

Card attended the University of Maine from 2001-2004, according to university spokesperson Eric Gordon, but did not complete his degree studies or graduate. He was a Engineering Technology major.

Card was last seen in a brown shirt and blue pants, according to police. Police issued a shelter-in-place advisory for Androscoggin County and Bowdoin in Sagadahoc County.

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