Monday, October 02, 2006

Six Dead in Amish School Shooting

At least six people, including the alleged gunman, are dead following a shooting spree at a one-room Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

From WGAL 8:
Commissioner Jeffrey Miller of the Pennsylvania state police identified the gunman as Charles Carl Roberts IV, 32, of nearby Bart, Pa. Miller said Roberts was a truck driver who delivers milk. He went to work last night and all appeared normal. Miller said he took his children to the bus stop this morning and that the last time his wife saw him was at 8:45 a.m.

Miller said Robert's wife did find what appeared to be a suicide note this morning. She tried to contact her husband. Miller said that it appears that Roberts was getting revenge for something that happened 20 years ago, and it involved young females. All of the deceased, except for the shooter, were females.

Before the shooting, Miller said Roberts allowed all of the male students, three adult females who had infants and a pregnant woman to leave. That group, which included the teacher, went to a nearby farm. The teacher called police at 10:36 a.m., saying that hostages had been taken at the school, which is known as the Georgetown Amish School.