Matt York Associated Press Flowers and memories in memory of those who died in the Lewiston, Maine, shootings.
The perpetrator of the shooting that left 18 dead in Maine, in the United States, suffered from significant mental illness to the point where one of his colleagues feared that he would commit a “mass killing”, according to new official documents released Tuesday.
According to these documents, initially obtained by the daily Boston Globe, Robert Card's ex-wife and son also told local police last May that he had become paranoid, “heard voices” and had stored as many as 10 or 15 guns at his brother's house.
Armed with a semi-automatic rifle, Robert Card opened fire last Wednesday evening in a bowling alley in Lewiston, then about ten minutes later, in a bar-restaurant in this northern city of 36,000 inhabitants. -eastern United States, killing 18 people and injuring 13.
The body of the 40-year-old Army reservist was discovered Friday evening in a tractor-trailer in the parking lot of a recycling company he had worked for, Maine Public Safety Officer Michael Sauschuck said. specifying that Robert Card had committed suicide with a gun.
In total seven people lost their lives in the bowling alley, eight in the bar-restaurant and three injured people died in hospital. The victims ranged in age from 14 to 76 years old. Among them, a 44-year-old father and his 14-year-old son, and a couple aged 73 and 76.
Police recovered three firearms, two near Robert Card's body and one in his car which was parked nearby. All were purchased legally, because Robert Card had never been the subject of an involuntary psychiatric hospitalization, the authorities had indicated.
But according to the new documents, the American reserve had sent Robert Card to a psychiatric unit last July, where he remained for two weeks, after the latter had made threats towards fellow reservists.
In a letter sent in September to the local sheriff's office , the US Army Reserve indicated, based on the testimony of one of Robert Card's reservist colleagues, that the latter risked “failing” and “perpetrating a mass killing”.
With this information, the sheriff's office informed Robert Card's family that they could try to keep him away from his weapons, but did not summon law enforcement agents to confiscate them, pursue these documents.