Amish school shooting transcripts released

Oct. 10, 2006 at 2:44 PM
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LANCASTER, Pa., Oct. 10 (UPI) -- The Pennsylvania truck driver who shot 10 Amish school girls last week, killing five, told a dispatcher he would start shooting unless police backed off.

The Lancaster County, Pa., district attorney released transcripts of 911 calls Tuesday about the shooting in an Amish school house, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The transcripts included the first call from a neighbor after teachers and boys left the school building, Charles Roberts' brief conversation with the dispatcher and a call from his wife, who had just found suicide notes.

"I just took, uh, 10 girls hostage and I want everybody off the property or, or else," Roberts said in the transcript. "Don't try to talk me out of it, get 'em all off the property now."

Roberts, speaking on a cell phone, told the dispatcher that state troopers had "two seconds" to leave. He cut off the call, refusing her time to transfer him to the state police.

Roberts killed himself after shooting the girls. Five of the girls died and five remain hospitalized. One of those is described as having a mortal head wound and is not expected to survive.

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