The gunman who killed 18 individuals in Lewiston, Maine, final month was doubtless useless for 8 to 12 hours earlier than his physique was found per week in the past, a authorities official stated Friday.
The shooter’s physique was found with an obvious gunshot wound at 7:45 p.m. on Oct. 27 on the sprawling recycling middle in Lisbon Falls, about 8 miles from Lewiston, authorities stated. Police searched the property twice the day gone by, however the suspect was not situated, authorities stated.
On the time, officers stated it was unclear how lengthy the shooter, Robert Card, had been useless when his physique was discovered.
Maine Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Mark Flomenbaum stated Friday that “Mr. Card doubtless died 8 to 12 hours earlier than he was situated.”
Flomenbaum confirmed authorities’ preliminary perception that he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“Mr. Card’s explanation for loss of life was decided to be a gunshot wound to the pinnacle and the style of loss of life was suicide,” his workplace stated in an announcement.
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The Maine Division of Public Security didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. The Lisbon Police Division, which has jurisdiction the place the physique was discovered, additionally didn’t instantly reply.
It’s not clear when the shooter entered the trailer the place his physique was discovered. Lisbon Police Division Chief Ryan McGee stated the parking zone the place the physique was discovered was not the main focus of earlier searches.
The suspect, an Military reservist, opened fireplace with a semi-automatic rifle at Schemengees Bar and Grille and the Simply-In-Time Recreation bowling alley on the night of Oct. 25 earlier than fleeing, authorities stated.
Three hours after the taking pictures started, a Subaru linked to the gunman was discovered close to a ship ramp alongside the Androscoggin River that additionally runs behind the recycling middle, authorities stated. He disappeared, and space residents had been requested to shelter in place as an enormous manhunt started.
After two days, the concern was changed by aid, then mourning.
On Friday, President Joe Biden and First Woman Jill Biden visited Lewiston to commemorate the useless and name for higher restrictions on gun possession.
“That is about defending our freedom to go to a bowling alley, or a restaurant, or a faculty, or a church, with out getting shot or killed,” he stated.