As hundreds of law enforcement officers scour Maine in search of alleged Lewiston shooter Robert R. Card II, 40, of Bowdoin, President Joe Biden called for new federal gun control laws.
Card is facing 8 counts of murder and will face 10 more when all of the victims are identified. Another 13 were injured.
The two chosen sites of violence, Schemengees Bar and Grille and the Just-In-Time Recreation bowling alley, are just four miles apart.
In response to the shocking mass shooting, the worst in Maine’s history, President Joe Biden called on Congress to ban “assault weapons and high-capacity magazines”.
“Today, in the wake of yet another tragedy, I urge Republican lawmakers in Congress to fulfill their duty to protect the American people,” Biden said. He is urging for the enactment of universal background checks, safe storage requirements for guns, and allowing victims of gun violence to sue manufacturers.
“Once again, our nation is in mourning after yet another senseless and tragic mass shooting,” Biden said. “Today, Jill and I are praying for the Americans who’ve lost their lives, for those still in critical care, and for the families, survivors, and community members enduring shock and grief.”
Biden also emphasized the combined efforts of federal, state, and local authorities in handling the situation.
“Numerous Federal law enforcement personnel are on the scene and actively working with state and local partners. As I told Maine Governor Janet Mills, Senators Collins and King, and Congressman Golden last night, I have directed my administration to provide everything that is needed to support the people of Maine,” he said.
While hundreds of law enforcement officers search a broad swath of Maine for the armed and dangerous suspect, both Maine Gov. Janet Mills and President Biden have urged residents to heed the directions from law enforcement.
The region remains on high alert, with all most all businesses closed for Thursday, as the manhunt continues.