Newly-released documents provide details about Lewiston shooter and police response

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By Yosi Yahoudai
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Maine State Police on Friday released more than 3,000 pages of investigative documents related to the Lewiston shooting and response.Related video above: Army official tells Maine senator the investigations into the Lewiston shooting will be done ‘in a couple weeks’A total of 18 people were killed and 13 others hurt in the Oct. 25, 2023 shooting. The documents released to the public early Friday afternoon follow a series of Freedom of Access Act requests from 8 Investigates and is the first public release of investigative documents. The documents include reports from Maine State Police as well as other law enforcement agencies who assisted in both the response and the investigation. Many of the documents have been heavily redacted.The release includes an After Action Report (AAR) from the Maine State Police Tactical team and details some issues related to communication and response. Click here to read the details contained in the AAR.The release includes details of what the FBI knew about shooter Robert Card during the manhunt, including new information about where he was before the shooting and his mental state that day. Read details of that report here. The release also detailed items and evidence collected from shooter Robert Card’s home after the shootings as part of the investigation. Read those details here.Police also released copies of numerous search warrants and requests for information related to Robert Card. In those requests, they asked that certain things not be disclosed. Read about that part of the investigation here.Many documents consisted of accounts from several first responders, recalling what happened on October 25 and the days that followed. Read more about their accounts here.Friday’s release includes only written or documentary material. Police said they will continue to review other forms of records, including audio, video and photographic recordings and release them when able.The documents released Friday do reference and track several pictures, videos and surveillance video files that were collected during the investigation. Sister station WMTW is working to sift through the documents and will provide updates on their substance as we work through them all.The release comes as we await a final report from the independent commission investigating the shooting and the circumstances surrounding it. They met for what is believed to be the final time just before Memorial Day, including hearing testimony from shooter Robert Card’s family.

Maine State Police on Friday released more than 3,000 pages of investigative documents related to the Lewiston shooting and response.

Related video above: Army official tells Maine senator the investigations into the Lewiston shooting will be done ‘in a couple weeks’

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A total of 18 people were killed and 13 others hurt in the Oct. 25, 2023 shooting.

The documents released to the public early Friday afternoon follow a series of Freedom of Access Act requests from 8 Investigates and is the first public release of investigative documents. The documents include reports from Maine State Police as well as other law enforcement agencies who assisted in both the response and the investigation.

Many of the documents have been heavily redacted.

The release includes an After Action Report (AAR) from the Maine State Police Tactical team and details some issues related to communication and response. Click here to read the details contained in the AAR.

The release includes details of what the FBI knew about shooter Robert Card during the manhunt, including new information about where he was before the shooting and his mental state that day. Read details of that report here.

The release also detailed items and evidence collected from shooter Robert Card’s home after the shootings as part of the investigation. Read those details here.

Police also released copies of numerous search warrants and requests for information related to Robert Card. In those requests, they asked that certain things not be disclosed. Read about that part of the investigation here.

Many documents consisted of accounts from several first responders, recalling what happened on October 25 and the days that followed. Read more about their accounts here.

Friday’s release includes only written or documentary material. Police said they will continue to review other forms of records, including audio, video and photographic recordings and release them when able.

The documents released Friday do reference and track several pictures, videos and surveillance video files that were collected during the investigation.

Sister station WMTW is working to sift through the documents and will provide updates on their substance as we work through them all.

The release comes as we await a final report from the independent commission investigating the shooting and the circumstances surrounding it. They met for what is believed to be the final time just before Memorial Day, including hearing testimony from shooter Robert Card’s family.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.