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Maine Shooter Thought Businesses Had Called Him A Pedophile

Maine State Police documents showed that Robert Card, a U.S. Army reservist who shot and killed 18 people in Lewiston last week, believed that several local businesses were “broadcasting online that Robert was a pedophile,” according to a woman interviewed by police. The woman said Card believed the Just-In-Time Recreation bowling alley, Schemengees Bar and Grille and several other businesses branded him as a pedophile, the Associated Press reports. She said Card had been delusional since February after a break-up, had been hospitalized for mental illness and prescribed medication that he stopped taking, according to a police affidavit. Card, 40, was found dead Friday, two days after a rampage that also wounded 13 people and shut down several communities during a massive search on land and water.

Police spoke to Robert’s brother, who said Card had been in a relationship with someone he met at a cornhole competition at the bar. Another man told police he had been to both the bowling alley and bar with Card, and that Card knew people at both locations. He said Card’s girlfriend had two daughters that he would take out to eat at Schemengees, “and that is where the pedophile thing in Robert’s head came from as Robert was there with (his girlfriend's) two daughters on occasions and felt that people were looking at him.” Card accused fellow members of his Army reserve unit of calling him a pedophile in an incident in July that prompted Army officials to have him undergo a mental health evaluation. He spent two weeks at a private psychiatric hospital in New York.


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