Shooting Victim Finally Released From Hospital

Another survivor from last month’s shooting rampage in Lewiston, Maine was released from Central Maine Medical Center on November 13, leaving only two injured survivors remaining in the hospital, the Associated Press reported.

The hospital staff lined the hallways to pay tribute to the unnamed survivor who had been hospitalized since the October 25 shooting that killed 18 and injured another 13.

Chief nursing officer Kris Chaisson told the Associated Press that the medical staff wanted to acknowledge the survivor’s release while also remaining mindful that the survivors still have “a long road ahead.”

The two remaining patients at Central Maine Medical Center are both in stable condition, according to a hospital official.

Most of the wounded were taken to Central Maine Medical Center, while three were taken to hospitals in Lewiston, Portland, and Boston, Massachusetts. The survivor taken to Boston was 16-year-old Gavin Robitaille. Robitaille was discharged from Massachusetts General for Children the previous week.

During the October 25 rampage carried out by Army reservist Robert Card, 40, at a Lewiston bowling alley and bar, Central Maine Medical Center was placed on lockdown while tens of thousands of Lewiston residents were urged to shelter in place.

Two days after the shooting, Card’s body was found at a recycling plant near Lisbon, Maine, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

According to Maine officials, Card previously worked at the plant which was searched twice during the manhunt. However, the owner of the plant contacted law enforcement and suggested that they check the overflow parking lot which had not been searched. It was there that Card’s body was found in the back of a tractor-trailer.

An independent commission set up by Governor Janet Mills to review the tragedy, including how Card’s mental problems were missed and the subsequent police response, met for the first time on November 20.