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Maine shooting: New details emerge about Robert Card's death

A note to a loved one was discovered in Robert Card's apartment, in which he left phone passwords, bank account numbers and more. Investigators are working to obtain his phone and banking information using search warrants.

The police stressed that the family had been very cooperative. Sauschuck believes that the first three people who clearly identified the shooter based on published photos were family members.

Regarding speculation about Card's mental health, Sauschuck stressed that “the vast majority of people with a mental health diagnosis would never hurt anyone. They wouldn't hurt themselves. They are not a danger to the community.”

He added that while a mental health component may be at play, more research is needed. Sauschuck has seen no evidence that Card was “forcibly committed for treatment” for his mental health.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, experiencing substance abuse, or other mental health crises, please call or text 988. You can reach a trained crisis counselor free of charge, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also go to .


At this morning's briefing, Maine State Public Safety Commissioner Michael Sauschuck said authorities had twice evacuated the Maine Recycling Corporation site where the suspect's body was later found.

Robert Card's body was found in a trailer with a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a Maine State Police response team searched an overflow area across the street on the advice of the factory owner.

Robert Card was employed as a commercial driver by the recycling company for about a year and voluntarily left the company in late spring, according to a company statement. Authorities therefore believe Card was familiar with the area.

The weapon found in Card's vehicle was a “long gun,” but officials could not yet identify the make and model. It was the only firearm found in the car.

According to Sauschuck, investigators received 821 tips and leads from the public.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, experiencing substance abuse, or other mental health crises, please call or text 988. You will reach a trained crisis counselor free of charge, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also visit 988lifeline.org.


Maine state authorities have opened centers for shooting survivors and their families where they can access numerous resources, including mental health services, financial assistance, pastoral care and more.

The Family Assistance Center was created by the Maine State Police in partnership with the Maine Attorney General's Office, the Red Cross, and the FBI Victim Assistance Division.

The hub at the Lewiston Armory will remain open “for a period of time sufficient to allow access to all victims.”

For security reasons, police officers will be present at the center.

A separate location at the Ramada Inn will provide mental health support to the larger community.

Authorities are urging those affected by the shooting to seek help as the community grieves, referring residents to the Maine Crisis Line, a confidential 24-hour mental health service, the NAMI Maine Mental Health Helpline, the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline and more.
“We are opening the Family Assistance Center to do everything in our power to meet the needs of those whose lives have been forever changed,” said Jodi Cohen, special agent in charge of the FBI's Boston Division, adding that more than 40 victim specialists from across the country will be involved in the operation.

She continued: “The burden this type of tragedy places on the victims and their families is immeasurable and we ask everyone to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”


President Joe Biden issued a statement Friday night following news that the suspect in the Maine mass shooting was found dead, saying, “These have been two tragic days – not just for Lewiston, Maine, but for our entire country.”

“Tonight, we are grateful that Lewiston and the surrounding communities are safe after spending agonizing days hiding in their homes,” Biden added.

Biden also thanked law enforcement, saying “they are the best of us,” and reiterated his call on Republicans in Congress to pass gun safety legislation.

“The community of Lewiston – and all Americans – deserve nothing less,” the president said.

-Fritz Farrow of ABC News


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