The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) on Thursday issued an “armed and dangerous” alert to its personnel stationed along the Canada-U.S. border after two shootings in Lewiston, U.S. state of Maine, on Wednesday night.
In its alert, the agency asked its officers to be on the lookout for the man suspected of fatally shooting in Lewiston that killed at least 18 people and injured 13 others.
“The CBSA is aware of the tragic events in Maine. Our officers have been alerted to the high risk of this situation, and we are on the lookout with our law enforcement partners. Our thoughts are with the citizens of Maine and all those affected,” the agency said on X, formerly known as Twitter.
The CBSA has said that it is working with Canadian and U.S. law enforcement partners to “protect Canada’s borders against any threat or attempt at illegal entry.”
The shootings took place in Lewiston, about 260 kilometres southwest of Canada’s New Brunswick province.
A couple of shooting incidents occurred at around 6:56 p.m. local time on Wednesday, with multiple locations involved, Michael Sauschuck, commissioner of the Maine Department of Public Safety, confirmed late Wednesday.
U.S. police have identified Robert Card, 40, a trained firearms instructor and a member of the U.S. Army Reserves, as a “person of interest” in the two fatal shootings. Police have continued to search for Card as he has remained absconding. The suspect is considered “armed and dangerous.”