Here’s a timeline of the Maine mass shooting



Eighteen people were killed in a mass shooting at two locations in Lewiston, Maine, Wednesday night, Gov. Janet Mills said – an attack that prompted a manhunt across the region as local, state and federal law enforcement officials search for a gunman.Authorities have identified the suspect as 40-year-old Robert Card, for whom authorities have obtained an arrest warrant on multiple murder charges in connection to the shootings, Col. William G. Ross said in a news conference Thursday morning. Card — who is considered armed and dangerous — is a certified firearms instructor and a member of the U.S. Army Reserves, law enforcement officials in Maine told CNN.Here’s a timeline of how the shooting and the manhunt have unfolded so far.Around 7 p.m. Wednesday: 2 shootings are reportedAuthorities received the first report at 6:56 p.m., Ross said, when the Auburn communications center got a call that a man was shooting at the Just-in-Time Recreation Center, a bowling alley in Lewiston. Minutes later, at 7:08 p.m., authorities received multiple 911 calls about an active shooter at Schemengees Bar & Grille, Ross said.”A large law enforcement response from the multiple surrounding agencies assisted the Lewiston Police Department in trying to identify who this individual was and what was happening,” Ross told reporters. “As you can imagine, this was a very fast-paced, fast-moving, very fluid scene, very dangerous scene that these guys and girls were going into.”Of the 18 people killed, seven – one woman and six men – were found at the bowling alley, Ross said. Eight – all men, one of whom was found outside – were killed at Schemengees. Three other deceased victims had been taken to local hospitals.Nichoel Wyman Arel told CNN she and her daughter were headed home from a Girl Scouts meeting when they came upon the scene at the bowling alley, where she saw the lights of police vehicles and people running. She saw at least one person who looked to be covered in blood.”There was kids,” she said. “Looking back, that was probably the hardest part, is seeing just families, families pouring out of there,” she said. “And knowing that that happened in there while they were just probably trying to have a family night.”8 p.m.: Photos of a person of interest are releasedThe Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office confirmed it was investigating two active shooter incidents about an hour later, when it also released photos of a person of interest in a post on Facebook.Those images showed a man walking into what appeared to be a bowling alley, holding a high-powered, assault-style rifle.8:09 p.m.: State Police order people to remain indoorsMinutes later, Maine State Police said there was “an active shooter in Lewiston,” and asked members of the public to stay inside with their doors locked.”Law enforcement is currently investigating at multiple locations,” state police said. “Again please stay off the streets and allow law enforcement to diffuse the situation.”8:26 p.m.: Neighboring city urges residents to shelter in placeJust before 8:30 p.m., city officials in neighboring Auburn similarly urged residents to “shelter in place” in an alert shared on X, the social media platform previously known as Twitter. The city sits directly to the west of Lewiston, across the Androscoggin River.”ALL Auburn & Lewiston residents are strongly urged to shelter in place, lock all doors & report suspicious individuals and activities to 9-1-1,” the alert said.Video below: Officials confirm 18 killed, 13 injured in Maine shooting9:17 p.m.: Police release image of a vehicle of interestAbout two hours after receiving the first shooting reports, Lewiston Police released an image of a white vehicle in a post on Facebook, asking people to contact authorities if it was seen.Maine State Police said the image showed a car belonging to a person of interest.The image shared by Lewiston police showed the vehicle, an SUV, with its lights on and its driver side door ajar.10:52 p.m.: Authorities name “person of interest”Lewiston Police later announced, again on Facebook, that it was trying to locate Card “as a person of interest” in the shootings at Schemengees Bar and the bowling alley.”CARD should be considered armed and dangerous,” said the post included alongside an image of Card. “Please contact law enforcement if you are aware of his whereabouts.”Around 11:30 p.m.: Official says vehicle was foundSauschuck held a news conference late Wednesday, beginning just after 11:30 p.m., where he said authorities had located a “vehicle of interest” in Lisbon, Maine – a town about 8 miles southeast of Lewiston.At that time, Sauschuck said authorities were expanding the shelter in place order to include Lisbon, and the city separately confirmed around the same time that its offices would be closed Thursday.”We have literally hundreds of police officers working around the state of Maine to investigate this case, to locate Mr. Card, who, again, is a person of interest, and a person of interest only,” Sauschuck said.The scale of the investigation was large, Sauschuck indicated, saying there were “multiple scenes in the city, to include multiple hospitals.” Investigators were following up on leads and speaking with witnesses, Sauschuck said.Video below: VP Kamala Harris Maine shooting comments3:13 a.m. Thursday: Shelter in place advisory expands to BowdoinMaine State Police early Thursday morning expanded the shelter in place advisory to include the town of Bowdoin, about 15 miles southeast of Lewiston and approximately nine miles east of Lisbon.”Please stay inside your homes while more than 100 investigators, both local and federal work to locate Robert Card who is a person of interest in the Lewiston shootings,” state police said in a post on Facebook.By Thursday morning, a number of school districts had announced they would be closed due to the manhunt, including those in Lewiston and the public schools in Portland – the state’s largest city, some 35 miles south of Lewiston.Hannaford Supermarkets, a major grocery store chain in the northeast, said it would keep all of its stores in Maine closed until at least 10 a.m.CNN’s Nouran Salahieh contributed to this report.

Eighteen people were killed in a mass shooting at two locations in Lewiston, Maine, Wednesday night, Gov. Janet Mills said – an attack that prompted a manhunt across the region as local, state and federal law enforcement officials search for a gunman.

Authorities have identified the suspect as 40-year-old Robert Card, for whom authorities have obtained an arrest warrant on multiple murder charges in connection to the shootings, Col. William G. Ross said in a news conference Thursday morning. Card — who is considered armed and dangerous — is a certified firearms instructor and a member of the U.S. Army Reserves, law enforcement officials in Maine told CNN.

Here’s a timeline of how the shooting and the manhunt have unfolded so far.

Around 7 p.m. Wednesday: 2 shootings are reported

Authorities received the first report at 6:56 p.m., Ross said, when the Auburn communications center got a call that a man was shooting at the Just-in-Time Recreation Center, a bowling alley in Lewiston. Minutes later, at 7:08 p.m., authorities received multiple 911 calls about an active shooter at Schemengees Bar & Grille, Ross said.

“A large law enforcement response from the multiple surrounding agencies assisted the Lewiston Police Department in trying to identify who this individual was and what was happening,” Ross told reporters. “As you can imagine, this was a very fast-paced, fast-moving, very fluid scene, very dangerous scene that these guys and girls were going into.”

Of the 18 people killed, seven – one woman and six men – were found at the bowling alley, Ross said. Eight – all men, one of whom was found outside – were killed at Schemengees. Three other deceased victims had been taken to local hospitals.

Nichoel Wyman Arel told CNN she and her daughter were headed home from a Girl Scouts meeting when they came upon the scene at the bowling alley, where she saw the lights of police vehicles and people running. She saw at least one person who looked to be covered in blood.

“There was kids,” she said. “Looking back, that was probably the hardest part, is seeing just families, families pouring out of there,” she said. “And knowing that that happened in there while they were just probably trying to have a family night.”

8 p.m.: Photos of a person of interest are released

The Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office confirmed it was investigating two active shooter incidents about an hour later, when it also released photos of a person of interest in a post on Facebook.

Those images showed a man walking into what appeared to be a bowling alley, holding a high-powered, assault-style rifle.

8:09 p.m.: State Police order people to remain indoors

Minutes later, Maine State Police said there was “an active shooter in Lewiston,” and asked members of the public to stay inside with their doors locked.

“Law enforcement is currently investigating at multiple locations,” state police said. “Again please stay off the streets and allow law enforcement to diffuse the situation.”

8:26 p.m.: Neighboring city urges residents to shelter in place

Just before 8:30 p.m., city officials in neighboring Auburn similarly urged residents to “shelter in place” in an alert shared on X, the social media platform previously known as Twitter. The city sits directly to the west of Lewiston, across the Androscoggin River.

“ALL Auburn & Lewiston residents are strongly urged to shelter in place, lock all doors & report suspicious individuals and activities to 9-1-1,” the alert said.

Video below: Officials confirm 18 killed, 13 injured in Maine shooting

9:17 p.m.: Police release image of a vehicle of interest

About two hours after receiving the first shooting reports, Lewiston Police released an image of a white vehicle in a post on Facebook, asking people to contact authorities if it was seen.

Maine State Police said the image showed a car belonging to a person of interest.

The image shared by Lewiston police showed the vehicle, an SUV, with its lights on and its driver side door ajar.

10:52 p.m.: Authorities name “person of interest”

Lewiston Police later announced, again on Facebook, that it was trying to locate Card “as a person of interest” in the shootings at Schemengees Bar and the bowling alley.

“CARD should be considered armed and dangerous,” said the post included alongside an image of Card. “Please contact law enforcement if you are aware of his whereabouts.”

Around 11:30 p.m.: Official says vehicle was found

Sauschuck held a news conference late Wednesday, beginning just after 11:30 p.m., where he said authorities had located a “vehicle of interest” in Lisbon, Maine – a town about 8 miles southeast of Lewiston.

At that time, Sauschuck said authorities were expanding the shelter in place order to include Lisbon, and the city separately confirmed around the same time that its offices would be closed Thursday.

“We have literally hundreds of police officers working around the state of Maine to investigate this case, to locate Mr. Card, who, again, is a person of interest, and a person of interest only,” Sauschuck said.

The scale of the investigation was large, Sauschuck indicated, saying there were “multiple scenes in the city, to include multiple hospitals.” Investigators were following up on leads and speaking with witnesses, Sauschuck said.

Video below: VP Kamala Harris Maine shooting comments

3:13 a.m. Thursday: Shelter in place advisory expands to Bowdoin

Maine State Police early Thursday morning expanded the shelter in place advisory to include the town of Bowdoin, about 15 miles southeast of Lewiston and approximately nine miles east of Lisbon.

“Please stay inside your homes while more than 100 investigators, both local and federal work to locate Robert Card who is a person of interest in the Lewiston shootings,” state police said in a post on Facebook.

By Thursday morning, a number of school districts had announced they would be closed due to the manhunt, including those in Lewiston and the public schools in Portland – the state’s largest city, some 35 miles south of Lewiston.

Hannaford Supermarkets, a major grocery store chain in the northeast, said it would keep all of its stores in Maine closed until at least 10 a.m.

CNN’s Nouran Salahieh contributed to this report.

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