New York City, Oct 25 (EFE).- At least 22 people are believed to have been killed in shootings in the city of Lewiston, in the US state of Maine, with a suspect still at large, according to American media citing officials.
CNN and NBC reported 22 deaths, citing a Lewiston city councilor and local police, respectively.
Fifty to 60 people have been wounded, NBC added, citing four law enforcement officials briefed on the matter.
State and local police both said they were dealing with an active shooter situation and were searching for a suspect at large.
Lewiston Maine Police Department released a photo on Facebook of a man it described as “a person of interest.”
“Law Enforcement is attempting to locate Robert Card 4/4/1983, as a person of interest regarding the mass shooting at Schemengees Bar and Sparetime Recreation this evening. CARD should be considered armed and dangerous,” it said.
The two locations appeared to be a bar and a bowling alley.
The department earlier published photos of a man walking around holding a rifle and one of a white vehicle in appeals for identification.
President Joe Biden has been briefed on the situation, according to the White House.
Earlier Maine State Police said on X it was deadline with an “active shooter situation” and asked people to “shelter in place. Please stay inside your home with the doors locked.”
Lewiston is a city of about 38,000 people located a 45-minute drive north of Portland, Maine. It is the second largest city in the state, with a population of about 37,000. EFE