Dozens of police swarm a house said to belong to a relative of the man who killed 18 in a mass shooting in Maine

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LEWISTON, ME - According to an update from the Associated Press (AP), on Thursday, October 26th, at approximately 8:45 p.m., heavily armed police officers reportedly surrounded a home in their continued effort to find the man responsible for killing 18 people and wounding 13 in a mass shooting at a bowling alley and bar. 

Dozens of police officers descended on a property in the town of Bowdoin, which is allegedly owned by a relative of the suspect, 40-year-old Robert Card. The officers yelled, calling for Card and anyone in the home to come out to the driveway.

According to Fox News, the officers yelled, "You are under arrest. Hands in the air. Come out with your hands in the air and walk to the front of the driveway. Again, you are under arrest. Please come out of the house now."

Another officer could be heard saying, "We would like to speak to you. Walk to the front of the truck with nothing in your hands. We want to do this safely for you and everyone else."

A spotlight could reportedly be seen shining on a window on the house and at least a dozen police SUV's were seeng driving into the area surrounding the house. Shortly after, the Maine State Police posted to Facebook that they are unsure if Card is actually inside of that residence. 

They wrote, "Law enforcement officials are currently on Meadow Road in the town of Bowdoin to execute several search warrants. The announcements that are being heard over a loud speaker are standard search warrant announcements when executing a warrant to ensure the safety of all involved."

The post added, "It is unknown whether Robert Card is in any of the homes law enforcement will search. Law enforcement officials are simply doing their due diligence by tracking down every lead in an effort to locate and apprehend Card."

According to ABC News, a note was found inside Card's home earlier in the afternoon. The note is being described as a suicide note and was reportedly addressed to the suspect's son. As of this writing, officials said that the note does not provide information indicating a motive for the mass shooting. 

Hundreds of law enforcement officers, including dozens of FBI agents have been actively searching for Card, a U.S. Army reservist with a reported history of mental health issues since the deadly mass shooting on Wednesday, October 25th. 

According to NBC News, seven people were found dead at the Just-In-Time Recreation bowling alley, eight were found dead at Schemengees Bar and Grille, and three were pronounced dead at nearby hospitals. 

Immediately following the shooting, schools, doctor's offices and grocery stores as far as 50 miles away closed their doors, keeping people inside behind closed doors. 

Initial investigation indicates that Card's motives behind the mass shooting are not linked to domestic terrorism. Maine authorities have told their law enforcement partners that as of now, there is no known connection to domestic terrorism or homegrown violent extremism. 

Some of the names of those who have died have been shared with the public via the family and friends. Those names are: Tricia Asselin, Peyton Brewer-Ross, Ron Morin, Joshua Seal, Arthur Strout, Bobb Violette, and Joseph Walker. 

The identities of these victims remain unconfirmed by law enforcement and medical officials. 

According to an Army spokesperson, Card is assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 304th Infantry Regiment in Saco. He was reportedly committed to a mental health facility for two weeks this past summer, stating he was "hearing voices and had threatened to carry out a shooting at the military training base in Saco.
 
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