A 32-year-old truck driver took more than a dozen students hostage in a one-room Amish schoolhouse Monday, barred the doors with boards and fatally shot at least six people, authorities said.
The gunman, identified as Charles Carl Roberts, had been in the school about 45 minutes before police got the call, State Police Commissioner Jeffrey B. Miller said. Officers had to break windows to get into the school. By then, three young girls and the gunman were dead, he said.
He sent the boys outside and then tied up and shot the girls, killing several of them, authorities said.
Six people were killed, the county coroner said.
The gunman apparently killed himself, Miller said.
Roberts walked into the one-room West Nickel Mines Amish School with a shotgun and automatic handgun and barricaded himself inside after letting the boys go. The school has about 25 to 30 students, ages six to 13, Miller said.