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Maine town remembers shooting victims

Attendees sign “I love you” at a vigil for shooting victims on Sunday in Lewiston, Maine. Associated Press/Photo by Robert F. Bukaty

Maine town remembers shooting victims

More than 1,000 people gathered Sunday night at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Lewiston, Maine, for a vigil for shooting victims. Late on Friday, police discovered the body of a mass shooter who killed 18 people and wounded more than a dozen others at two locations in the city. Police said the 40-year-old man died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He legally purchased the firearms he used in the attack.

What motivated this crime? Maine Commissioner of Public Safety Mike Sauschuck said mental health problems played a role. Sauschuck added the suspect likely suffered from paranoia, believing people were negatively talking about him and that he may have been hearing voices.

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Josh Schumacher

Josh is a breaking news reporter for WORLD. He’s a graduate of World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College.

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