Relatives Detail Alleged Maine Gunman’s Mental Health Issues

( – Just after a gunman went on a shooting rampage in Lewiston, Maine, on October 25, Robert Card’s brother and sister-in-law suspected that he was the killer. Their suspicions were based on the two places that authorities had reported being targeted.

Robert Card, an army reservist, killed 18 people before taking his own life. Police discovered his body near a refuse container at the recycling center at which he was employed.

Robert Card’s sister-in-law, Katie Card, told The Daily Beast that he had been suffering mental health issues for months. Back in July, he was evaluated and spent a week at an army hospital after he began “behaving erratically,” according to a United States Military Academy spokesperson. Katie Card said that Robert Card was suffering from hearing loss and that he had been hearing voices since he began using hearing aids. He repeatedly told family members that people were talking about him, notably at both places where the mass shootings occurred.

Card allegedly entered a local bowling alley and a restaurant in Lewiston on the evening of October 25, killing 18 people and injuring 13 others. Citizens of Androscoggin County had been under a shelter-in-place order until card’s death was discovered. Schools in the area canceled classes out of precaution. On October 26, authorities surrounded the home of one of Robert Card’s relatives, but after hours of using a megaphone to encourage him to come outside, they called off the search. It is unclear if Robert Card was ever at the location.

Card, age 40, enlisted in the military in 2022. He was an Army Reservist, specializing in petroleum supply. He received several awards and had never been deployed. Katie Card said that she has known Robert Card for her entire life and his recent mental health issues were not reflective of the person he has always been. She said that the voices he was hearing had “all just happened within the last few months.”

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