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Sixteen dead in Maine shooting

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LEWISTON, MAINE: A gunman opened fire at a bowling alley and a restaurant in Lewiston, Maine, USA, on Wednesday, killing at least 16 people and sparking a massive police manhunt.

The shootings began early evening in the small city of Lewiston.

Police there have told residents to stay indoors, as well as in Lisbon, Bowdoin and Auburn.

They named Robert Card, 40, a firearms instructor, as a person of interest and described him as “armed and dangerous”.

Police have not yet officially confirmed a death toll but CBS said multiple law enforcement sources said there were at least 16 casualties. There have also been reports of at least 50 people injured.

Lewiston Police said officers had responded to reports of shooting at two locations, a restaurant called Schemengees, and Sparetime Recreation, a bowling alley, which appear to be about four miles (6.5km) apart.

Riley Dumont told ABC News her 11-year-old daughter had been taking part in a children’s bowling league at the bowling alley when she heard several gunshots.

She said her father, a retired police officer, had then corralled their family into a corner.

“I was laying on top of my daughter,” she said. “My mother was laying on top of me.”

She said that she saw three or four apparent victims. Billie Jayne Cooke, who is running for the city council in Lewiston, told BBC she had been leaving an event as details of the shooting emerged.

“Helicopters, sirens, I’ve never heard so much activity in my life in this city. We have police from all over the state, from out of the state, coming up,” she said.

“The whole city’s on lockdown. It’s horrible. You just don’t think that’s ever going to happen and it did.” (BBC)

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