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Maine shootings: A timeline of what happened as police search continues – National

The hunt for a person of interest in two mass shootings is ongoing in the U.S. state of Maine after at least 16 people were killed at a bar and bowling alley in the town of Lewiston.

Hundreds of police are searching for a 40-year-old man identified as Robert Card.

As the search continues, here’s a look at how the events have unfolded.

At roughly 7 p.m. Eastern, police said gunfire first broke out at Sparetime Recreation, a bowling alley, in Lewiston around 7 p.m. local time. Shortly after that, there were reports of another shooting miles away at a second location, Schemengees Bar and Grille.

At around 8 p.m. Eastern, Maine State Police said in an update on X, formerly known as Twitter, that there was an “active shooter” in Lewiston, urging residents to shelter in place and stay inside their homes with doors locked.

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At 9 p.m. Eastern, the Lewiston Police Department released on its Facebook page multiple photos of an armed man wearing a brown hoodie and holding a rifle, asking people to contact police if they see him.

They also released photos of a white vehicle, saying it is believed that the front bumper may be painted black.

A man with a gun walks on the street after shooting civilians in Maine on Wednesday and Thursday. Maine State Police issued a warning about an ‘active shooter’ incident in the city of Lewiston.

Photo by Maine state police/ Handout/Anadolu via Getty Images

This photo released by the Lewiston, Maine, Police Department on Wednesday shows a vehicle police are seeking information on in connection with an active shooter situation.

Lewiston Maine Police Department via AP

Around 11 p.m. Eastern, authorities identified Robert Card as a person of interest in the mass shootings at both locations.

At midnight, Maine State Police said in an update on X that the shootings had resulted in “multiple casualties,” without giving a number. U.S. media outlets were reporting conflicting death tolls, citing police sources, all of which were in double digits as of midnight Thursday.

Throughout the early hours of Thursday, the police search continued.

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At 6 a.m. Eastern, Maine State Police said it is expanding a shelter-in-place advisory and school closings to include the nearby town of Bowdoin.

“Please stay inside your homes while more than 100 investigators, both local and federal work to locate Robert Card who is a person of interest in the Lewiston shootings,” the department said on X.

A media briefing is scheduled to take place at Lewiston City Hall at 10:30 a.m. local time Thursday.

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