LEWISTON, Maine – October 26, 2023 [Updated 10/26/2023 @ 10:46 to correct reported numbers of injuries, deaths.]
In a devastating incident that unfolded on Wednesday evening, Lewiston, Maine, witnessed the deadliest mass shooting of 2023. At least 18 lives were lost, and numerous individuals sustained injuries in the tragic event that took place across multiple locations, including a local bowling alley and a bar.
Family Takes Shelter at Bowling Alley (Oct 26, 5:50 AM EDT):
Riley Dumont, a witness to the horrifying events, recounted the terrifying experience where her 11-year-old daughter was bowling in a children’s league. Shots rang out, prompting Dumont’s father, a retired police officer, to quickly usher the family into a corner of the bowling alley. Huddled together, they witnessed the unfolding tragedy.
Maine Shooting is ‘Worst Mass Shooting’ of 2023 (Oct 26, 2:01 AM EDT):
According to the Gun Violence Archive, the mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine, on Wednesday night has been declared the deadliest shooting of the year. With at least 20 fatalities and dozens more injured, the incident has shocked the nation. This heartbreaking event marks the 565th mass shooting and the 31st mass murder of 2023, according to the Gun Violence Archive.
Maine State Police to Give Briefing Thursday Morning (Oct 26, 3:19 AM EDT):
Maine State Police announced plans to brief the media at 10:30 a.m. ET regarding the mass shooting in Lewiston. This briefing is expected to provide crucial updates on the ongoing investigation and the efforts to locate the armed suspect responsible for the tragedy.
Lewiston, Lisbon Municipal Offices Closed Thursday (Oct 26, 2:52 AM EDT):
In response to the unfolding crisis, municipal offices in Lewiston and Lisbon, Maine, will remain closed on Thursday. Lewiston officials have extended the closures to the library and canceled all events, including early voting, at city buildings. Non-emergency personnel have been instructed to stay home for their safety. Nearby Lisbon has also closed its municipal buildings, urging residents to shelter in place and prioritize their safety.
Manhunt Underway in Maine (Ongoing):
Law enforcement agencies have initiated a massive manhunt for the armed suspect who remains at large since the incident. The person of interest, identified as a military veteran and firearms instructor, has eluded authorities for several hours, intensifying the challenges faced by law enforcement officers in their pursuit of justice.
As the nation grapples with the shock of this senseless act, the community of Lewiston mourns the loss of lives and prays for the swift capture of the perpetrator. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the urgent need for comprehensive efforts to address gun violence and ensure the safety of communities across the country.
The suspect’s photos is being shared here based on the ongoing manhunt and the suspect’s potential threat to public safety.