- Maine resident Don Dostie said he and his family are “locked and loaded” as an active shooter continues to roam the city of Lewiston
- Police in Lewiston, Maine, are responding to an active shooter and have released a photo showing the suspect entering a bowling alley with a long rifle
- Sources told CNN there were 16 dead and 50-60 injured in the area. The number of casualties has not been confirmed, but hospitals in Maine said they were declaring a mass casualty event
A frightened Maine resident has sought refuge while a mass shooter remains at large in the area, saying he and his family are “locked up and loaded.”
Don Dostie shared a post on Facebook as police in Lewiston, Maine, continue to search the area for the active shooter who was carrying a long rifle.
Dostie said, “We’re safe in our house, locked and loaded.” “If any of these shooters come near my house, I’m not going to ask how they’re doing.”
Speaking to DailyMail.com, Dostie added: “I saw a lot of police cars flying by on Main Street, we live on a street that runs parallel to it, and I saw maybe a dozen on the way to Molisson Way.” “One Ambulance is heading downtown to one of our two hospitals.”
A photo released by sheriffs showed a white man entering the Sparetime recreation center with a long rifle, black combat pants and a brown top. His face is clearly visible.
“There is an active shooter situation in the city of Lewiston,” Maine State Police said.
Don Dostie shared a post on Facebook as police in Lewiston, Maine, continue to search the area for the active shooter
Dostie added: “We walk our dog in this area!” I also heard that several other businesses were affected.
“County Sheriff is asking about the shooter and sent pictures of him with an AR15. “They say there could be four different shooters, but I don’t know for sure.”
Dostie continued: “I heard sirens about half an hour ago and thought I heard a few shots in the distance. “We’re staying in our house.
I’m a pretty good shot. “Most of us hunt in Maine.”
According to police footage, the two locations were Schemengee’s Bar & Grill and Sparetime Leisure Center. The two locations are approximately four miles apart and are located in Maine’s second largest city.
Police were then called to a third location, a Walmart distribution center, said Derrick St. Laurent, a Lewiston spokesman.
St. Laurent told the Sun Journal that the first call to Sparetime came in around 7:16 p.m.
Police were then called to Schemengee’s and then to the Walmart location around 8:15 p.m.
Footage shared on social media showed police rushing to the scene in the city of 36,000, 35 miles north of Portland and 35 miles south of the capital Augusta.
People are seen fleeing the scene of a mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine
The sheriffs released this picture of the man they are hunting. He is seen entering the Sparetime bowling alley in Lewiston
It is unclear whether people were injured.
On Monday, Lewiston Public Schools Superintendent Jake Langlais wrote to parents to let them know he had been made aware of threats against the school – but they had discovered the person who made the threats was 10 years old was old and lived in the Midwest.
“The person responsible for the message threatening LHS last night has been identified,” Langlais wrote in a letter obtained by News Center Maine.
“Law enforcement made contact and the situation was resolved.”
He said school operations would take place as usual on Monday.