Due to an active shooter situation in several locations, Maine State Police issued a shelter-in-place order to residents in the state’s second-largest city on Wednesday night.
In a Facebook post, Lewiston Police stated that they were addressing an active shooter situation at the bowling alley and bar, Schemengees Bar & Grille. Police urged people to avoid using the roadways so that first responders could reach the hospitals.
According to Fox News, there have been 22 fatalities in Lewiston, Maine. Central Maine Medical Center posted a statement on its website stating that personnel were “reacting to a mass casualty, mass shooter event” and were working with nearby hospitals to accept patients.
A short while after 8 o’clock, Lewiston received the notice. The culprit was still at large, according to the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office, which claimed that authorities were looking into “two active shooter events.”
The sheriff’s office stated, “We are encouraging all businesses to lock down and/or close while we investigate.”
A representative for the Maine Department of Public Safety advised citizens to lock their doors and remain inside their houses. Law enforcement is presently looking into two locations, according to Shannon Moss. Once more, kindly avoid the streets so that law enforcement can handle the emergency.
Two images of the suspect, taken by the suspect himself and posted on the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page, showed him approaching a business while brandishing a firearm at his shoulder. Gov. Janet Mills reiterated these directives in a statement.
She claimed to have received a briefing on the circumstances and to be in constant contact with public safety officials. City of Lewiston representatives, according to Ange Amores, are not making any comments about the shooting.
Amores stated that Maine State Police intended to update the public on Wednesday night during a news conference that would probably be held at municipal hall.
An independent senator from Maine named Angus King stated he was “deeply sad for the city of Lewiston and all those worried about their family, friends, and neighbors” and was keeping an eye on the situation.
After the Senate’s final vote on Thursday afternoon, according to King’s office, the senator will return home to Maine immediately.