18w ago / 10:22 PM EDT

Bates College on lockdown

Daniel Arkin

Bates College, a liberal arts school in Lewiston, is on lockdown right now, according to campus spokeswoman Mary Pols.

She said there have been no reports of gunshots on campus.

18w ago / 10:15 PM EDT

Lewiston public schools closed tomorrow

Daniel Arkin

Public schools in Lewiston will be closed tomorrow, the district's superintendent announced.

"There remains a lot of unknowns at this time. Information moves quickly but not alway accurately," Jake Langlais, the superintendent, said in a message on the district's website. "Please continue to shelter in place or get to safety. We will continue to update you with information and next steps as appropriate."

"Stay close to your loved ones. Embrace them. Our prayers go out to those who lost someone tonight," he added.

18w ago / 9:57 PM EDT

Number of dead is almost or more than total homicides in state most years

NBC News

The believed death toll of 22 in tonight’s shooting is almost or more than the annual number of homicides in all of Maine.

Last year there were 29 homicides in Maine, which has a population of almost 1.4 million, according to statistics from the State Department of Public Safety. In 2020, there were 20.

Recent earlier years had similar numbers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, of around the high teens to the low 20s.

18w ago / 9:54 PM EDT

Law enforcement trying to ‘eliminate the active killer or killers’, former ATF agent says

Jessica Simeone

"This is a very active and dynamic situation. The image of at least one active killer has been released by police. He is armed with a tactical rifle," NBC News law enforcement contributor Jim Cavanaugh, a former special agent in the ATF, said in a text message.

"Law Enforcement is now swarming the area attempting to locate, isolate and eliminate the active killer or killers," he said.

18w ago / 9:42 PM EDT

22 dead, dozens wounded in shootings

Tom Winter
Jonathan Dienst
Andrew Blankstein

At least 22 people were killed in the shootings, according to a Lewiston police source.

Fifty to 60 people were wounded after a man fired at several locations, including a Lewiston bowling alley, said four law enforcement officials briefed on the matter.

The officials said the numbers were preliminary and could change.

There were no initial signs of terrorism.

18w ago / 9:30 PM EDT

Biden briefed on Maine active shooter incident

Monica Alba

President Joe Biden has been briefed on what’s known so far about the active shooting incident in Lewiston, Maine, and "will continue to receive updates," a senior White House official said.

He received an initial briefing earlier this evening. He’s currently at the State Dinner with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. 

18w ago / 9:26 PM EDT

Police release image of vehicle

NBC News

Police in Lewiston released a photo of a vehicle they are looking for in the shooting investigation.

18w ago / 9:22 PM EDT
NBC News
18w ago / 9:21 PM EDT

Maine senator says he's 'deeply sad,' urges residents to stay indoors

Daniel Arkin

Sen. Angus King of Maine, a political independent who was previously the state's governor, reacted on X:

18w ago / 9:18 PM EDT

Woman told to leave nearby building: ‘We’re cold, we’re worried’

Phil Helsel

A woman evacuated from a nearby building in Lewiston described “police with long guns running around” at an industrial park where Sparetime Recreation is located.

Mary Ellen Davis said in a phone interview with NBC affiliate WCSH of Portland said that everyone she is with is fine.

"We’re cold, we’re worried,” she said.

Police evacuated her and others from building in the area, she told the station.