Just before 10:30am on the 2nd of October, 2006, Charles Carl Roberts IV walked into an Amish one-room school in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and took ten girls between the ages of six and thirteen hostage. He tied up the girls and barricaded the doors.
Thirty to forty minutes later he shot his hostages.
It was America’s third school shooting in the space of a week.
The shooter’s motive was to kill only girls, as when he arrived at the school he ordered the boys to help him carry supplies in, and then told them to leave. The twenty-year-old schoolteacher, who had invited extra guests to the school because it was her birthday, managed to run to a nearby farm and call police.
Funeral procession for some of the girls. X
Five of the hostages died. Two girls died at the scene, another was declared dead upon arrival at the hospital, and two others died the next day. The others were critically injured. The youngest survivor, aged six at the time, is now permanently disabled, and another was blinded in one eye.
Demolition of the schoolhouse. X
The schoolhouse was demolished soon afterwards, and a new one rebuilt near the site.