Saturday Morning Press Conference: Details of Lewiston Shooter Death Discovery in Lisbon Falls, Incident Aftermath


Maine authorities hold a news conference on October 28, 2023 after the mass shooting suspect was found dead of a likely self-inflicted gunshot wound (Washington Post). YouTube Tips ⓘ

Additional details were provided in a press conference Saturday morning, October 28, 2023, regarding the death of mass shooter Robert Card, who was found dead in a trailer in an overflow parking lot at the recycling center where he worked — the Maine Recycling Corporation, 61 Capital Avenue in Lisbon Falls, Maine. He was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound with weapons near him. The Maine State Police tactical team ultimately discovered Robert Card’s body on a property that had been previously searched in some other locations of the property.

Commissioner Mike Sauschuck, Department of Public Safety for the State of Maine was the only speaker at the press conference.

A Family Assistance center designed as a one-stop center for specific victims and victims’ families that were closely connected to the shooting scene, are getting assistance from multiple agencies in one location at the Lewiston Memorial Armory, 65 Central Avenue in Lewiston. A mental health support center was also established at the Ramada Inn for the larger community indirectly affected by the mass shooting scenes.

A paper note was found in Robert Card’s residence that contained bank account information and a password to Robert Card’s phone was described. The “tone and tenor” of the note was that the individual “was not going to be around.”

A long gun firearm was found in the white Subaru (found earlier), according to Commissioner Mike Sauschuck, Department of Public Safety for the State of Maine.

Regarding a motive, there is a mental component to this case. No evidence of a history of forcible mental health commitment has been found for Robert Card, according to Commissioner Mike Sauschuck.

The family of Robert Card was incredibly helpful, according to Commissioner Mike Sauschuck. The first three people that called police, based on released photos of the suspect, were members of Robert Card’s family.

Satellite map of the Maine Recycling Center where the body of Robert Card was found (red marker) Friday, October 27, 2023 at 7:45 p.m. (Imagery ©2023 Google, Imagery ©2023Airbus, Maine GeoLibrary, Maxar Technologies, U.S. Geological Survey, USDA/FPAC/GEO, Map data ©2023)
Satellite map of the Maine Recycling Center where the body of Robert Card was found (red marker) Friday, October 27, 2023 at 7:45 p.m. (Imagery ©2023 Google, Imagery ©2023Airbus, Maine GeoLibrary, Maxar Technologies, U.S. Geological Survey, USDA/FPAC/GEO, Map data ©2023).

Robert Card, the Lewiston, Maine mass shooting fugitive since Wednesday night, October 25, 2023, was found dead at 7:45 p.m. ET Friday, October 27, 2023 of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in Lisbon Falls, Maine southeast of Lewiston. Police did not provide a precise address, but disclosed that the body was found near the Androscoggin River. The Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office provided the first official notification, confirming in a Facebook post that the suspect was dead.

“The suspect in Wednesday nights (sic) shootings has been located and is deceased.”

— Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office


“Two more minutes” announced a couple of times before the press conference (began at 10:16 p.m. ET) …

Press conference: Maine mass shooting suspect found dead, authorities say (WCNC/NBC affiliate North Carolina/audio low). Deleted was the original LIVE stream from LiveNOW from FOX, which has been streaming since Friday morning, is expected to broadcast a live press conference from the Maine State Police on Friday, October 27, 2023 around 10:00 p.m. ET/9:00 p.m. CT (LiveNOW from FOX). YouTube Tips ⓘ

Thursday morning press conference led by Gov. Janet Mills (D-ME) and followed by additional authorities at the meeting, which was scheduled to begin around 10:30 a.m. ET October 26, 2023 (NBC News). YouTube Tips ⓘ

Lewiston mass shooting timeline below …

Gov. Janet Mills (D-ME) announced about 10:42 a.m. ET Thursday, October 26, 2023 that 18 people lost their lives in a mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine. Gov. Mills added that 13 people were injured. The Maine State Police also confirmed at a press conference that there had been 18 deaths and 13 injured.


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The manhunt continues for Robert Card, who is considered armed and dangerous. Gov. Mills warned that the suspect should not be approached, and that police should be called immediately.

Authorities are asking for citizens to report any suspicious incidents. The Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office released images of the shooter using a “high-powered assault-style rifle Wednesday night. The suspect’s vehicle (2013 Subaru Outback) was located in Lisbon, Maine southeast of the shooting scenes Wednesday night.


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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are assisting law enforcement authorities in Maine.

A shelter-in-place order was implemented in Lewiston, Maine; and schools were placed on lockdown.

A shelter-in-place order was also issued for Auburn, Maine, which is a sister city to the west of Lewiston. Auburn and Lewiston are bordered by the Androscoggin River.

There have also been additional orders for businesses to lock down.

Classes at Central Maine Community College, schools in the Lewiston Public Schools district, and Bates College were canceled on October 26, 2023.

Robert Card, mass shooting suspect in Lewiston, Maine (SOURCE: Lewiston Maine Police Department)
Robert Card, mass shooting suspect in Lewiston, Maine (SOURCE: Lewiston Maine Police Department).


Lewiston Shootings Timeline

(SOURCE: Maine State Police)

6:56 p.m., Wednesday, October 25, 2023 Auburn Communications Center was notified that a man walked into the Spare Time Recreation on Mollison Street in Lewiston and began shooting. This was confirmed by multiple 911 calls that followed.

7:08 p.m., The Auburn Communications Center received multiple calls that a man had come into Schemengees Bar and Grille Restaurant on Lincoln Street and began shooting.

Multiple law enforcement agencies and emergency medical personnel were dispatched to the scenes.

8:06 pm, police released a photo of the shooter to the media.

9:26 p.m., the Lewiston Police Department received a call identifying the man in the distributed photos as Robert Card, age 40, of Bowdoin, Maine.

9:56 p.m., the Lisbon Police Department notified Lewiston Police that they had located a white Subaru at the Pejepscot Boat Launch in Lisbon. The vehicle was identified as belonging to Robert Card.

Friday, October 27, 2023
7:45 p.m., Robert Card found deceased in Lisbon Falls, Maine.

Police have confirmed that there were seven people killed at Sparetime Recreation, and eight people killed at Schemengees Bar and Grille. Three addition people died after being transported to Central Maine Medical Hospital in Lewiston for treatment. An additional 13 people were injured in the shootings.

Names of the victims are not available at this time as police continue to identify victims and contact family members.

Currently there are over 350 law enforcement personnel involved in the search for Robert Card, comprised of officers from all over the state, and national agencies as well.

If anyone has any information on Robert Card or about the shootings please call 207.213.9526 or 207.509.9002.


Active shooter image from surveillance video (SOURCE: Lewiston Police Department)
Active shooter image from surveillance video (SOURCE: Lewiston Police Department).

Police and firefighters, and paramedics from Lewiston, Maine responded about 7:15 p.m. ET, Wednesday, October 25, 2023 to a report of a mass shooting at the Schemengees Bar & Grille Restaurant, 551 Lincoln Street and at Sparetime Recreation Lewiston, 24 Mollison Way.

The two shooting scenes are about 4 miles apart.

At least 16 people are dead in multiple shootings in Lewiston, Maine, on Wednesday night, according to multiple law enforcement sources.


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The Maine State Police and the Lewiston Police Department have confirmed there is an active shooter situation in the city of Lewiston. Law enforcement is asking people to shelter in place, and have asked people to stay inside their homes with the doors locked. Law enforcement initially was investigating the two locations.

Lewiston Active Shooter (SOURCE: Androscoggin County Sheriff's Office.)
Lewiston Active Shooter (SOURCE: Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office.)

***Suspect for identification *** email responses to [email protected] or reply on Facebook messenger.
Law enforcement in Androscoggin County are investigating two active shooter events. We are encouraging all businesses to lock down and or close while we investigate. The suspect is still at large.

— Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office

“If you see any suspicious activity or individuals please call 911.”

— Main State Police

The first notification from the Maine State Police was at 7:06 p.m.

The first notification from the Lewiston Police Department was at 7:53 p.m.


The information in this article is an early report published before any summary information was confirmed or released by police or fire authorities.

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