Monday, March 30, 2009

Nursing Home Shooting

A nursing home shooting in North Carolina has left eight people dead according to authorities. Robert Stewart starting shooting at 10am local time Sunday at the Pinelake Health and Rehab in the town of Carthage, 60 miles southwest of Raleigh, North Carolina. The victims included a 98-year-old man, four women and men in their 80s, two others in their 70s and a nurse.
Police say an officer and several other people were also wounded before Stewart was shot and apprehended. A gunman barged into a North Carolina nursing home Sunday morning and started "shooting everything," going room to room in a terrifying rampage that killed seven residents _ most in their late 80s _ and a nurse who cared for them.
Authorities said Robert Stewart also wounded three others, including the Carthage police officer who confronted him in a hallway of Pinelake Health and Rehab and stopped the brutal attack. Officials said the massacre could have been bloodier if the officer had not managed to subdue Stewart. "He acted in nothing short of a heroic way today, and but for his actions, we certainly could have had a worse tragedy," said Moore County District Attorney Maureen Krueger.

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