On Wednesday night, a shooter opened fire at two locations in Lewiston, Maine, killing at least 16 people and injuring 50 to 60 others, according to media reports citing police sources.
News reports indicate that the death toll in Maine is expected to rise, with one source telling CNN it could be as high as 22.
The incident is considered the worst mass shooting of 2023 so far, and the toll is unprecedented for a state that reported 29 homicides last year.
The suspect, identified as 40-year-old Robert Card, reportedly worked as a firearms instructor at a National Guard facility in Saco, Maine.
According to various reports, a bulletin issued to law enforcement officials said Card had recently been admitted to a mental health facility and reported “hearing voices and threats to shoot up” the National Guard base.
Card studied engineering at the University of Maine from 2001 to 2004, and a search of his criminal records only showed two speeding tickets from 2001 and 2002, NBC News reported.
Lewiston Police also shared a photo of a white SUV they found in a boat dock in the nearby city of Lisbon, which they believe was being driven by the suspect.
A search is underway for Card, who remains at large.
TAL Global will provide updates on this deadly shooting as more information becomes available.