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Police identify 40-year-old man as person of interest in mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine

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A “person of interest” continues to elude law enforcement officials hours after the fatal shootings at a bar and bowling alley in Lewiston, Maine, killed more than a dozen people.

Early Thursday, law enforcement officials were looking for a 40-year-old man named Robert Card, whom they identified late Wednesday as someone who “should be considered armed and dangerous.”

“Please contact law enforcement if you are aware of his whereabouts,” the Lewiston Police Department said on Facebook.

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“If people see him, they should not approach Card or make contact with him in any way,” Maine Public Safety Commissioner Mike Sauschuck told reporters at a news conference.

Between 15 and 20 people were killed, and 50 people were injured, according to law enforcement sources. Some of those injuries were reportedly from a stampede, the sources said.

Officials urged residents of Lewiston and neighboring Auburn to shelter in place.

Authorities did not disclose any information about Card. The University of Maine confirmed that he studied engineering there from 2001 to 2004.

Maine court records show that a man named Robert Card who was born on the same date as the person of interest was charged with speeding in 2001 and 2002. No other criminal records were listed in the state’s electronic court records system or in several other public records databases.

A bulletin put out by the Maine Information and Analysis Center, a database for law enforcement officials, said Card was a trained firearms instructor and was believed to be in the Army Reserve.

It added that law enforcement said Card “recently reported mental health issues to include hearing voices and threats to shoot up the National Guard Base in Saco, ME.”

The bulletin said Card was reported to have been committed to a mental health facility for two weeks this summer and then released. NBC News has not been able to independently verify the bulletin’s statements about Card’s history.

This article was originally published on NBCNews.com

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