Lewiston, Maine, active shooter situation: Suspect at large, 16 people dead after multiple incidents, authorities say newsbhunt



At least 22 people are dead and dozens are injured following two mass shootings Wednesday night in Lewiston, Maine, officials say. An intensive manhunt is underway for a suspect in the shootings, according to officials and law enforcement sources.

A city administrator said 22 people had been killed, Lewiston City Councilor Robert McCarthy told CNN.

A suspect remains at large, the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office said in a post on Facebook.

“We are encouraging all businesses to lock down and or close while we investigate,” the sheriff’s office said earlier Wednesday evening.

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The sheriff’s office released images of a “suspect for identification.” The person was seen holding a high-powered assault-style rifle.

The Androscoggin County Sheriff's office released an image believed to be the suspect at large in a shooting in Lewiston, Maine.

In a Facebook post, Lewiston police shared an image of a vehicle they are looking for, which appears to be a small, white SUV with a front bumper believed to be painted black. Maine State Police confirmed to CNN the image is of the suspect’s car.

Earlier, state police also said they were responding to the active shooter situation in Lewiston.

“Please stay inside your home with the doors locked,” state police said in a post on Facebook. “If you see any suspicious activity or individuals please call 911.”

The Lewiston Police Department released this image of a vehicle connected to the active shooter situation.

More about Lewiston

  • Second most populous city in Maine
  • Population: 38,493 (2022)
  • Median household income: $48,069 (2021)
  • Demographics: 83.4% White, 7.3% Black

Lewiston police said on Facebook there were active shooting incidents at Sparetime Recreation, a bowling alley on Mollison Way, and Schemengees Bar & Grille Restaurant on Lincoln Street.

A city spokesperson originally told the Sun Journal newspaper another shooting was reported at a Walmart Distribution Center, but a company spokesperson told CNN none of Walmart’s facilities was involved in the incidents.

Lewiston is about 36 miles north of Portland and is the state’s second-largest city.

Officials in the nearby city of Auburn, Maine, also “strongly urged” residents to shelter in place due to the ongoing active shooter situation, according to a post on X, formerly Twitter.

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Auburn is less than 2 miles west from Lewiston.

The FBI has offered personnel and resources to local authorities, a spokesperson from the bureau’s Boston field office told CNN.

Maine Gov. Janet Mills said Wednesday night she has been briefed on the situation.

“I urge all people in the area to follow the direction of State and local enforcement. I will to continue to monitor the situation and remain in close contact with public safety officials,” the governor said on Facebook.

This story is developing and being updated.

CNN’s Jamiel Lynch, Josh Campbell and Joe Sutton contributed to this report.


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