Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Evil stalks the innocent:
- A gunman killed three schoolgirls execution style and then shot himself dead on Monday after bursting into a one-room Amish schoolhouse in rural Pennsylvania, police said.
The hostage-taker ordered the boys to leave, barricaded himself in and lined the girls up against the blackboard, tying them up before shooting them in the head.
Seven other girls were wounded, two of whom were in a "very dire critical condition."
When police arrived, the gunman warned emergency operators that he would begin shooting if they did not leave within 10 seconds.
He then opened fire, and police broke in through the windows to discover "a horrendous crime scene."
"One of the children died in the arms of one of our troopers," Miller told a news conference.
The Pennsylvania shooting occurred in a normally placid, community where Amish farmers live simply, shunning modern machines, traveling by horse and buggy and cultivating the land using old-fashioned traditions.