The family of the Lewiston shooter to give testimony before the commission probing the tragedy

The devastating aftermath of a mass shooting in Maine has left a community reeling and searching for answers. The brother-in-law of the shooter, Army reservist Robert Card, tearfully apologized for the deadly rampage and described the family’s struggles to get him the help he needed as his mental health declined. The Independent Commission investigating the shooting heard from James Herling, who spoke about the family’s efforts to intervene before the tragic events unfolded.

Card, with a history of mental health troubles, carried out the deadliest shooting in Maine history, targeting a bowling alley and a bar and grill in Lewiston. The commission has been gathering testimony from various sources, including police, victims, and Army reservists who knew Card. Despite the family’s pleas for help and their disclosure of Card’s deteriorating mental state, the tragedy could not be averted.

In a statement released by Card’s family, they expressed deep sorrow and remorse for the victims, survivors, and their loved ones, as well as the wider community affected by the tragedy. The family acknowledged the need for greater awareness of mental health issues and called for support for those in crisis. The family also highlighted the importance of gun control laws and mental health services in preventing future tragedies.

The legislature responded to the shooting by passing new gun laws in Maine, including measures to prevent the transfer of firearms to prohibited individuals and provide funding for mental health crisis care. However, questions remain about law enforcement’s handling of the situation and whether more could have been done to prevent the tragedy. The commission’s interim report emphasized the need for better enforcement of existing laws and improved coordination between agencies to address mental health concerns.

As the community continues to grapple with the aftermath of the shooting, the commission’s full report, due later this summer, will shed more light on the events leading up to the tragedy. The testimony from Card’s family, along with that of other witnesses, has brought attention to the importance of early intervention and support for individuals in crisis. The tragedy in Maine serves as a stark reminder of the complex challenges surrounding mental health and the need for effective measures to prevent future tragedies.

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