Those killed or wounded in Wednesday night’s horrific mass shootings in Maine include participants at a cornhole tournament at a local bar and bowlers, including in a youth league, out for a night on the lanes. The night ended in unthinkable tragedy for 31 people who were killed or injured in the violence.All were shot after US Army Reservist Robert Card stormed into Just-In-Time Recreation Bowl and Schemendgees Bar & Grille in Lewiston and opened fire with an assault rifle.Card, 40, is now the subject of a massive manhunt by local, county, state and federal law enforcement.Here’s what we know about the victims:Violette was a longtime bowling instructor who was teaching youth league voters at Just-In-Time when the shooting started, according to CBS News.He was a retired Sears mechanic who bowled at the venue most mornings during the week and was in a couples league with his wife, Lucy, the Lewiston Sun Journal said.Violette was also recently inducted into the Maine Bowling Hall of Fame.“For as long as I can remember, there wasn’t a kid that he wouldn’t help,” co-worker Brandon Dubuc told CBS. “He was just always a warm presence.”Asselin, a part-time worker at Just-In-Time, was not working and bowling for fun Wednesday night when the shooter stormed in, her family told CNN. “What I’m told is that when it all started happening, she ran up to the counter and started to call 911, and that’s when she was shot,” her brother, DJ Johnson told the outlet. “That was just her. She wasn’t going to run. She was going to try and help.“She and I talked probably three or four times a week and we texted every day,” he said. “Her son was her entire life. From the day he was born to yesterday. She did everything for him … he was her world.”Asselin was “the rock of the family” and “kept everyone on an even keel,” Johnson said.“If there was an argument going on, she would be the one to calm everyone down. If somebody was having a bad day, she would be right on the phone to talk to you about it.”Walker was the bar manager at Schemengees Bar and was on duty when the gunman opened fire, just minutes after leaving the bowling alley about four miles away. His father, Leroy Walker, confirmed that he was among the victims.“He died as a hero, because he picked up a butcher knife… and he tried to go after the gunman,” the grieving father told NBC’s Lester Holt. “The gunman shot him twice through the stomach.”When asked if knowing about his son’s brave final act helped ease his grief, Leroy brought his hands to his head and said, “It made it worse!”Vozzella was participating in a cornhole tournament for deaf adults when the shooting broke out at Schemengees — with his family confirming he was among the dead, CNN said.According to social media, Vozzella is also deaf, and married his wife, Megan, just last year. MacFarlane, a member of Lewiston’s deaf community, was taking part in the tournament after recently moving back to his native Maine, his family told CNN.His sister, Keri Brooks, told the outlet her brother was one of the first deaf people to earn his commercial truck driver’s license in Vermont.“Many states don’t let deaf drive trucks so I’m very proud of him for achieving that,” she said.She said he drove a rig for several years.“I grew up in Maine and the deaf community is a tight-knit community,” Brooks said. “Not only was my brother slain but my friends were too.”Bracket was also attending the cornhole tournament at the time of the shooting, his family told ABC.“I’ll never forget the laughs I had you in when I was trying to learn some sign language at cornhole,” Nick Perry, a friend of the dead man, said in a Facebook Post on Thursday. Among the 13 victims who were wounded in the shooting were:The youngster was part of a youth league bowling team at Just-In-Time when she was grazed in the leg by a bullet and took cover with her mom. “I never thought I’d go and get a bullet in my leg,” she told ABC News. “Why do people do this?”“I was more worried about, like, am I going to live?: she said. “Am I going to make it out of here?:Her mother, Meghan Hutchinson, recalled the horrifying moments when the shots rang out.“When I turned around I saw the shooter like right behind me,” the mom said. Karcher was critically wounded in the dual mass shootings, and remains on a ventilator in the intensive care unit following emergency surgery, his mother, Jessica Karcher, told reporters. Four years ago she said her son was traumatized by another shooting when his father was gunned down in front of him in a Walmart parking lot.
26 Ekim 2023 - 23:30
What we know about the victims of the mass shootings in Maine
The 31 people killed or wounded in Wednesday’s mass shootings in Maine included several who were attending a cornhole tournament for deaf people at a Lewiston bar, and others — includin…
26 Ekim 2023 - 23:30