LEWISTON, Maine (NEWSnet/AP) — Two senators from Maine asked U.S. Army's inspector general on Monday to provide a full accounting of interactions with reservist Robert Card before he killed 18 people in the deadliest shooting in the state’s history.

U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King told Lt. Gen. Donna W. Martin in a letter that it’s important to understand “what occurred, or failed to occur” at the federal level, including the Army, before Card opened fire Oct. 25 at a bowling alley and bar in Lewiston.

Prior to the shootings, fellow reservists expression concern about Card’s meal health.  In September, one sent a text message  saying, “I believe he’s going to snap and do a mass shooting,” according to law enforcement.

The senators view their federal request as working in tandem with an independent commission that Gov. Janet Mills is arranging to explore details related to the shooting, including police response.

“As we continue to grieve the needless loss of life that day, we must work to fully understand what happened — and what could have been done differently that might have prevented this tragedy — on the local, state, and federal levels,” the senators wrote.

The senators posed several questions, including under what circumstances the Army reports personnel to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, and when the Army seeks to invoke state laws to remove firearms from a soldier’s possession temporarily.

An Army spokesperson confirmed that the letter was received and the inspector general will work toward getting a response.

Concern regarding Card’s mental health during military training led to a 14-day hospitalization at the Four Winds Psychiatric Hospital in Katonah, New York, in summer 2022.

After Card returned to Maine, a deputy visited his home twice, once with an additional deputy for backup, to perform a wellness check in September, but Card did not come to the door, officials said. 

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