When a man with an assault rifle stormed into Schemengees Bar & Grille in Maine, Joseph Walker grabbed a long-bladed knife. He wanted to save lives. He didn’t stand a chance.
Moments later, he was dead. Seventeen others would also die in a mass shooting that unfolded in Lewiston, Maine, on Wednesday night, prompting extended shelter-in-place orders while a widespread, urgent hunt for the gunman continued. Thirteen people were also injured in the shooting.
Walker’s father, Leroy Walker Sr., said the family had learned that heartbreaking version of events from Maine State Police more than 14 hours after the gunman opened fire, first in a bowling alley filled with children and then in the bar about four miles away.