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Security reinforced at the border with Maine, CBSA agents on the lookout

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Numerous roadblocks have been erected on Maine roads in an attempt to intercept the alleged perpetrator of the killings, Robert Card, who disappeared yesterday following two fatal shootings at a restaurant bar and a bowling alley in Lewiston .

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed Thursday that security has been increased at the border with Maine, where the manhunt continues for the man who shot dead at least 18 people at a restaurant and bowling alley in Lewiston, Maine.

The US Border Services Agency Canada (CBSA) issued an armed and danger alert to officers posted along the Canada-US border on Thursday, warning them to be on the lookout for the wanted man.

The shootings were reported Wednesday evening in Lewiston, about 260 kilometers southwest of the New Brunswick border.

A police bulletin identified the suspect as Robert Card, 40, a firearms instructor believed to be in the U.S. Army Reserve and was assigned to a training center in Saco, Maine.

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Police have released a photo of Robert Card.

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I can assure you that our Minister of Public Services is in contact with our counterparts in the United States to ensure that everyone is safe and sound, said Mr. Trudeau.

As the massive search continued for Card, residents of southern Maine were urged to lock their doors and stay inside their homes.

The CBSA said it was working with its Canadian and U.S. law enforcement partners, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), to protect Canada's borders against any threat or attempted illegal entry.

Canada's border agency said its Armed and Dangerous – Firearms Watch Notice alert was sent to all of its agents through an internal system, and the agency added that all border points ;entrance along the Canada-US border remain open.

In Ottawa, Prime Minister Trudeau spoke wholeheartedly with the people affected by the tragedy. Obviously our thoughts are first with our friends in Maine and their families who are suffering at a terrible time, but we will always be there to ensure the protection of all Canadians.

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Police officers surround a home on Meadow Street in Bowdoin, Maine, identified as that of suspect Robert R. Card, on October 26, 2023.

At Calais, Maine, which shares three border points of entry with and near St. Stephen in southwestern New Brunswick, U.S. police officers have set up checkpoints on the U.S. side. United to screen vehicles before they enter Canada, said Saint-Stephen Mayor Allan MacEachern.

Normally, vehicles bound for New Brunswick are not screened before reaching the CBSA point of entry on the Canadian.

We also have agents based on the Canadian side, MacEachern said in an interview. We also alerted the community through our alert app system […] I have seen this setup before for other things.

Meanwhile, the horror of the shooting resonated in Nova Scotia, where residents recalled how the man dressed as a Mountie fatally shot 22 people ago three years ago, the worst mass shooting in modern Canadian history.

On Facebook, Nova Scotia resident Nick Beaton posted an image of the Maine coat of arms. His pregnant wife, Kristen, 33, was shot and killed on April 19, 2020 while sitting in her car in Debert, Nova Scotia.

In response to Mr. Beaton's post, Jennifer Zahl Bruland posted images of three broken hearts. His father and stepmother, John Zahl and Joanne Thomas, were shot and killed in their retirement home in Portapique, Nova Scotia, on the night of April 18, 2020.

The public inquiry that investigated the Nova Scotia killings determined that the shooter, Gabriel Wortman, smuggled three semi-automatic weapons from Maine. Two were handguns he got from a friend in Houlton, Maine, and the third was a rifle he bought with the help of a American citizen attending a gun show in Maine.

The final report of the public inquiry, published in March this year, describes how red flags about the killer failed managed to stop any of his illegal activities during his 21 border crossings between Woodstock, New Brunswick, and Houlton, Maine between 2016 and 2020.

In New Brunswick, the RCMP released a brief statement Thursday saying they were monitoring the situation in collaboration with Canadian and American partners.

Our thoughts are with the citizens of Maine and all those affected by this event, said Corporal Hans Ouellette in a statement.

Maine shares 18 official points of entry with New Brunswick and six more with Quebec, according to the CBSA website.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116