Tragic Mass Shooting in Lewiston, Maine: Deadliest in State History and Impact on Deaf Community

The mass shooting that occurred in Lewiston, Maine last week was not only a tragic event, but it also holds the unfortunate distinction of being the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the state. Additionally, advocates for the deaf community have suggested that it may also be the deadliest mass shooting to impact this particular community in the United States. 

During a weekly cornhole tournament specifically organized for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, a tragic incident occurred at Schemengees Bar & Grille resulting in the loss of four lives. The individuals involved in this unfortunate event were Steve Vozzella, Brian MacFarlane, Billy Brackett, and Joshua Seal, all of whom shared the commonality of being deaf. According to advocates speaking to USA Today, the participants of the tragedy likely experienced a high level of trauma. This is because they may not have been aware of the need to seek shelter when the sound of gunfire was initially heard. Additionally, they may have encountered difficulties in hearing calls for assistance or instructions from first responders.

According to the executive director of Off-The-Grid Missions, a nonprofit organization that focuses on assisting deaf individuals during international disasters, it is important to consider the challenges faced by deaf individuals in emergency situations. For instance, in the unfortunate event of a deaf person being shot, they would be unable to hear the sounds around them, such as the voices of their friends or even the sound of breathing, which could hinder their ability to determine who is still alive or if the assailant has left the vicinity. 


According to the director of the Maine Education Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the deaf community has been significantly affected by this tragic event. The community in question is characterized by its small size and the strong bonds that exist between its members. Currently, this community is experiencing a state of upheaval and distress. 

This event has a significant impact on many individuals who are deaf. According to one of Seal's colleagues, an interpreter, it can be observed that this phenomenon is occurring throughout the entire United States. In a tragic turn of events, we find ourselves facing a historical moment where a significant number of deaf individuals have been lost in a single incident of mass shooting.


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