Multiple Shootings in Maine Leave 16 Dead, Suspected Gunman at Large

An unidentified gunman points a gun while entering Sparetime Recreation in Lewiston, Maine. (Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office)

In the US state of Maine, a series of shootings have left at least 16 people dead, and around 50 to 60 people injured in the city of Lewiston. The exact number of injuries from gunfire is yet to be confirmed. A manhunt is currently underway to apprehend the suspected gunman, who remains at large, as reported by the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office. The situation prompted a mass casualty response from Central Maine Medical Centre, and residents in Lewiston and neighboring Auburn have been advised to stay inside and lock their doors, while businesses are encouraged to lock down or close temporarily.

Law enforcement agencies, including the Maine State Police, have responded to multiple locations affected by the shootings, including Sparetime Recreation, a bowling alley, and Schemengees Bar & Grille Restaurant on Lincoln Street. Additionally, another shooting was reported at the Walmart Distribution Center in Lewiston. The situation has caused both cities to issue warnings and lockdown recommendations to their residents.

Lewiston, located approximately 57 kilometers north of Portland, Maine, is the state’s second-largest city. The nearby city of Auburn, less than three kilometers west of Lewiston, has also strongly urged its residents to shelter in place due to the ongoing active shooter situation.

This tragic incident has led to a significant law enforcement response and heightened security measures in the affected areas, with the priority being public safety and the apprehension of the suspected gunman.