Amish school shooting

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  • 1.  
  • 2. Charles Carl Roberts IV
    • Born December 7, 1973 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
    • American milk truck driver
    • Murdered 5 Amish girls before killing himself at West Nickel Mines School
    • Left his three children and wife with several suicide letters
  • 3. The Beginning of the Attack
    • Robert parked his milk truck outside of the Amish Schoolhouse at 10:25 am.
    • He asked the teacher, Emma Mae Zook, and the students if they had seen a clevis pin (fastener system for trucks) on the road. The students denied seeing the pin and Roberts went back out to his truck.
    • He returned with a 9mm handgun. He ordered the boys to carry the items in the back of his truck inside with him. Zook took this opportunity to escape the school and run to a nearby farm for help.
  • 4. Hostages
    • Roberts ordered the girls in the classroom to line up against the chalkboard.
    • He allowed a pregnant woman, three parents with infants, and all of the boys to leave the schoolhouse. On girl, Emma Fisher, also escaped. There were ten hostages in the room.
    • Using wooden boards, brought into the classroom from the truck, Roberts barricaded the front door.
  • 5. Police and Emergency Medical Arrival
    • The 911 call arrived at 10:36 am.
    • The first trooper arrived at approximately 10:42 am.
    • While Roberts tied the hands and feet of his hostages with plastic ties, he told approaching troopers to leave immediately. He threatened to shoot the girls.
    • The police communicated with Roberts through the PA system in their cruisers. They asked him to throw out his weapons and exit the schoolhouse but he declined.
  • 6. The Shooting
    • At 11:07 am Roberts opened fire.
    • The troopers immediately approached after the first gun shot but by the time they got their Roberts had committed suicide.
  • 7. The Aftermath
    • After the police got inside the schoolhouse, all of the wounded girls were taken to hospitals. Four had died at the school house and one survived until morning of the 7th.
    • Reports stated that most of the girls were shot "execution-style" in the back of the head. The ages of the victims ranged from six to thirteen.
  • 8. Victims
    • The massacre left 5 young girls dead and 5 others injured.
    • Fatalities:
    • Naomi Rose Ebersol, aged 7
    • Marian Stoltzfus Fisher, aged 13
    • Anna Mae Stoltzfus, aged 12
    • Lena Zook Miller, aged 7
    • Mary Liz Miller, aged 8
    • Injured:
    • Rosanna King, 6 years old
    • Rachel Ann Stoltzfus, 8 years old
    • Barbie Fisher, 10 years old
    • Sarah Ann Stoltzfus, 12 years old
    • Esther King, 13 years old