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alert-–-first-victim-of-the-maine-mass-shooter-remains-on-a-ventilator-fighting-for-his-life-as-his-sister-reveals-his-dad-was-shot-dead-at-random-in-a-walmart-parking-lot-four-years-earlierAlert – First victim of the Maine mass shooter remains on a ventilator fighting for his life as his sister reveals his DAD was shot dead at random in a Walmart parking lot four years earlier

The little sister of Maine’s mass shooter’s first victim revealed that this isn’t the first time gun violence has rocked their family.

Justin Karcher, 23, was the first victim of Robert Card, 40, in the tragic mass shooting that devastated the community in Lewiston, Maine, on Wednesday.

While Karcher is fighting for his life on a ventilator after undergoing surgery for his gunshot wounds – his little sister Haley Breton, 21, revealed that the Karcher’s father was shot dead in a Walmart parking lot in 2019.

‘In 2019, his father got shot in a Walmart parking lot. He didn’t know the guy at all. That was a hard, hard day,’ Breton told Chris Cuomo in a NewsNation interview.

Karcher – who was shot in the liver, spinal cord, shoulder and stomach – was rushed to the ICU after Wednesday’s mass shooting broke out in Schemengees, a bar in Lewiston, Maine.

Justin Karcher, 23, was Robert Card’s first victim  in the mass shooting that devastated the community in Lewiston, Maine, on Wednesday

Karcher is fighting for his life on a ventilator after undergoing surgery for his gunshot wounds

Karcher had just signed the contract for his first home with his girlfriend and they planned to go camping to celebrate – but instead Karcher went to the bar with his friend which is where the tragedy struck

Karcher’s little sister Haley Breton, 21, revealed that the Karcher’s father was shot dead in a Walmart parking lot in 2019 in an interview with Chris Cuomo

According to his sister, the victim underwent surgery in his stomach to ‘check everything’ and ‘make sure they didn’t miss anything’ before closing him up and checking his kidney to ‘see if there’s still a bullet in it,’ Breton said.

Karcher had just signed the contract for his first home with his girlfriend and they planned to go camping to celebrate – but instead Karcher went to the bar with his friend which is where the tragedy struck, NewsNation reported. 

Breton told Cuomo that Karcher was playing pool at the bar when the shooter came in – and when the EMTs brought him to the hospital they said he was the first one that was shot.

Karcher’s friend that he was playing pool with was tragically shot and killed by the mass shooter, but the father that they were playing against survived.

Breton said that the news of her brother’s condition has been ‘really hard’ for the family. She said: ‘Everybody’s been making comments about it. 

‘Like, this is not the first time. This is the second time that family’s been involved in a situation, a shooting. 

‘It’s tragic and it’s hard to put all together and understand why.’

She told Cuomo that the hardest part of the situation to deal with emotionally was ‘not knowing what the outcome is going to be’.

Breton said the hardest part of the situation to deal with emotionally was ‘not knowing what the outcome is going to be’ as her brother continues to fight for his life on a ventilator 

The man who shot Karcher’s dad in the Walmart parking lot in 2019 was reportedly a stranger to the father (pictured: Justin and his dad)

Breton said: ‘In 2019, his father got shot in a Walmart parking lot. He didn’t know the guy at all. That was a hard, hard day’

Breton also revealed that she and her brother didn’t know the shooter – identified as Robert Card – she said: ‘I knew nothing about the guy at all. I never heard his name. I’ve never heard anything. Never even seen him a day in my life. And I don’t think anybody, nobody has that I know of personally.’

The 21-year-old made a GoFundMe to raise money for her brother’s medical bills. She said Karcher is ‘is fighting his way to make it threw and we are blessed with him still being here with her, sadly with him being in icu bills are off the wall with surgery’s, X-rays, cat scans, and much more that comes along with it. 

‘Justin bought his first house the day this happened. Anyone that’s bought an house knows how expensive it is. 

‘I’m asking for some help so he doesn’t have to stress more then he already has to when and if he comes home.’

The GoFundMe has raised $28,152 so far.  

Breton’s interview with Cuomo came just before the Maine mass shooter’s body was discovered at the back of an industrial tractor trailer in an area that investigators admitted they previously ‘cleared’ twice (pictured: Robert Card, mass shooter)

Breton’s interview with Cuomo came just before the Maine mass shooter’s body was discovered at the back of an industrial tractor trailer in an area that investigators admitted they previously ‘cleared’ twice.

Card’s body was found  by a Maine Recycling Corporation plant he was recently fired from, just a short walk from where the killer’s vehicle was first found roughly four hours after the shooting erupted.

The discovery was made on Friday evening at around 7 pm – two days after his killing spree at a bowling alley and bar in Lewiston.  

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