The latest: How NH is assisting Maine after shootings

Published: 10-26-2023 4:11 PM

The Department of Safety and other state agencies are assisting Maine with numerous resource requests after a shooting that killed 18 people on Wednesday night.

“Valerie and I are heartbroken at the senseless act of violence in Lewiston, and are thinking of the victims and their families during this horrific time,” said Gov. Chris Sununu. “The State of New Hampshire stands with the people of Maine – they are our friends, families, and neighbors. State officials have been in constant contact with our counterparts in Maine and have been assisting in the response and manhunt since last evening. We will continue to provide as many resources as necessary so that justice is served.”

As of noon, the State of New Hampshire had provided the following assistance:

– New Hampshire State Police SWAT team is assisting the Maine State Police SWAT team with ground searches throughout the area.

– Detectives from the Major Crime Unit are assisting investigators, which includes multiple crime scenes.

– The helicopter and members of the Special Enforcement Unit are providing air support to the ongoing ground searches.

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– Troopers from the Peer Support Unit are providing mental health and wellness services to those involved in this incident.

– Troopers are shuttling blood donations from New Hampshire hospitals to Maine hospitals.

– The New Hampshire Information and Analysis Center is assisting by sharing information among local, state and federal partners.

– The State Medical Examiner’s Office is assisting the Maine Medical Examiner.

– The New Hampshire Department of Justice is sending three victim advocates to assist with family services, helping to coordinate and communicate with victims’ families.