A one-room schoolhouse for Amish children in rural Pennsylvania became a death trap as a gunman opened fire. A number of people were killed and injured, including the shooter. The 911 call came mid-morning. Troopers tried to talk to the shooter who had taken some children hostage.
Jeffrey B. Miller with Pennsylvania State Police said, "He split them up, males and females. He let the males go. He let some of the adults go. He bound the female victims up by the blackboard."
A short time later police say the heard multiple gunshots.
"Troopers broke the windows and were able to get in and found the suspect dead and three other female students shot and killed," Miller added
When he began shooting the victims they were shot execution style in the head. Other casualties were transported to area hospitals. Police say the shooter was 32-year-old Charles Carl Roberts, a milk deliveryman who lived in a nearby town. His wife found notes that he left at their home, indicating he seeking revenge for something that happened 20 years ago.
Miller said, "It seems as though he wanted to attack young female victims."
The Amish like their children to be educated among their own, away from public schools, but now these religious people, committed to peace, know the violence that has become all too frequent in American schools.
It is the nation's third deadly school shooting in less than a week.