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Police Took Maine Shooter For A Mental Evaluation Months Ago

via FBI

An Army Reservist named Robert Card, who had been acting erratically and reported mental health issues including hearing voices, recently made threats to carry out a shooting at a National Guard facility in Saco, Maine.

Despite police involvement, Maine’s yellow flag law, which allows temporary confiscation of firearms, did not come into play.

Card was taken to West Point’s Keller Army Community Hospital for evaluation in mid-July.

Card “recently reported mental health issues, including hearing voices,” according to the Sun Journal.

CNN reported that Card “recently made threats to carry out a shooting at a National Guard facility in Saco, Maine.”

The state’s yellow flag law has been used 22 times between 2020 and June 2022, and it is considered a potential model for gun control.

Card killed 18 people in Lewiston, Maine despite being on the radar of state authorities since mid-September.

He opened fire at a bowling alley and bar, resulting in the worst mass shooting in Maine’s history.

Card was found dead after a two-day search, with officials determining that he shot himself.

Authorities were alerted to veiled threats made by Card towards soldiers at a National Guard Base, but their investigation was dropped when they couldn’t locate him.

The FBI stated that they were not aware of any suspicious activity from Card and that the background check system did not have information to prohibit him from purchasing firearms.

“We added extra patrols, we did that for about two weeks,” Saco Police Chief Jack Clements explained. “The guy never showed up.”

“Never came in contact with this guy, never received any phone calls from the reserve center saying, ‘Hey, we got somebody who was causing a problem,’” he added. “We never got anything.”

“We couldn’t locate him,” Merry said.

“[The background check system] was not provided with or in possession of any information that would have prohibited Card from a lawful firearm purchase,” the agency added.

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