The authorities in Maine ordered residents of Lewiston to shelter in place on Wednesday night as they responded to an “active shooter situation” at two locations involving multiple victims.
The Maine State Police said it was assisting the Lewiston Police Department in its response to the shooting. “Law enforcement is asking people to shelter in place,” the state police said on Facebook. “Please stay inside your home with the doors locked.”
“Law enforcement is currently investigating at two locations right now,” the agency said, without specifying where.
A dispatcher at the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office said there were multiple victims, adding that the exact number and their conditions were still unknown.
The sheriff’s office posted to Facebook an image of a shooter holding a rifle. The gunman, officials said, is still at large.
With about 38,000 people, Lewiston, about 35 miles north of Portland, is the state’s second biggest city.