After Lewiston mass shooting, reactions pour in: ‘My heart is crushed’

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Politicians, athletes, business owners, and those impacted by the shootings shared condolences after the Lewiston shooting that killed 18.

A woman stands outside with a sign in hand that reads "Lewiston strong" following a mass shooting.
Jess Paquette expresses her support for her city in the wake of Wednesday’s mass shootings at a restaurant and bowling alley, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2023, in Lewiston, Maine. Robert F. Bukaty/AP

Reactions from New England officials and national leaders have poured in following Wednesday’s mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine, which took 18 lives and injured 13 people at a bowling alley and a restaurant.

While most of the messages from prominent figures have been condolences to the families of victims and residents in Maine, some leaders have called for gun reform, both nationally and in Maine, where gun laws are lax. 

Here are some of the statements and reactions from politicians, athletes, business owners, and those affected by the shooting nearly 24 hours after the tragedy.

New England figures

Schemengees Bar and Grille was the second location that Card allegedly went to on his shooting spree, killing seven at the restaurant, according to police. The business posted on Facebook, saying those at the restaurant were “crushed.”

In a Facebook post, the bowling alley that was also involved in the shooting, Sharetime Recreation, said they “lost some amazing and whole hearted people from our bowling family and community.”

During a press conference, Maine Gov. Janet Mills said she had received calls from the state’s New England neighbors offering help and support. That includes a call from Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey.

During a Bruins post-practice media availability on Thursday morning at Warrior Ice Arena, coach Jim Montgomery opened his presser with a statement on the mass shootings that took place in Lewiston, Maine on Wednesday. Montgomery used to play college hockey at the University of Maine.

“I want to start out by recognizing a horrific and tragic event that happened in Lewiston, Maine yesterday,” Montgomery said. “The Boston Bruins offer our sympathy and condolences to the victims and families that suffered.

The team also tweeted out a statement regarding the mass shooting, as did other Boston-area sports teams. 


New England Patriots:


Red Sox:

Stephen King, famous author and also well known for being from Maine, commented on the fact that the tragic shooting occurred less than 50 miles from his home.

National figures

New Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, a Republican from Louisiana, urged prayer in light of the mass shooting, but stopped short of discussing any policy changes or debates in Congress to come.

President Joe Biden released a statement following the mass shooting, saying it’s “not normal, and we cannot accept” the gun violence in America.

Mike Brown, head basketball coach for the Sacramento Kings, gave an emotional speech during a press conference after his team beat Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City.

Comedian John Mulaney, who was supposed to perform in Portland, Maine, with fellow Saturday Night Live alum Pete Davidson, announced their show at Cross Insurance Arena was postponed both Saturday and Sunday because of the shootings.