Maine shooter found dead

Robert Card, the 40-year-old suspect in a Maine shooting spree that killed 18 people, was found dead late Friday near Lisbon, ME., where his vehicle was earlier found abandoned. He shot himself, Androscoggin County Sheriff's Office said.

Sauchuck said the body was located at about 7:45 p.m. local time near the Androscoggin River in Lisbon, a town about 8 miles southwest of Lewiston. The suspect's vehicle, a white Subaru Outback, had earlier been found abandoned by a boat launch on the river.  

Maine Gov. Janet Mills told reporters that she called President Biden to inform him of the suspect's death. 

"Like many people, I'm breathing a sigh of relief that Robert Card is no longer a threat to anyone," Mills said. 

The circumstances of Card's life, death and his killings of others—he was a reservist who legally kept possession of rifles despite hearing voices that directed him to kill others, and being institutionalized with a mental health crisis—has local politicians in Maine now uncomfortable with their past positions on the matter.

"The time has now come for me to take responsibility for this failure, which is why I now call on the United States Congress to ban assault rifles, like the one used by this sick perpetrator of this mass killing in my hometown," Golden said at a press conference. "For the good of my community, I will work with any colleague to get this done in the time that I have left in Congress." 

In the U.S. Senate, though, it's full steam ahead: they just approved a bill allowing veterans deemed 'mentally incompetent' to access guns.

The Senate has approved a measure that would ease some veterans' access to guns, brushing aside objections from most Democrats and the Department of Veterans Affairs that doing so could hinder suicide prevention efforts.The legislation would prohibit the VA from reporting veterans who are found incapable of managing their own finances to the FBI's national background check database without first getting a judge's consent. The Senate passed the measure by Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., in a 53-45 vote Wednesday afternoon.

This was the 565th mass shooting, and the deadliest so far, in 2023.