Monday, March 30, 2009

Geriatrico Shooting

Comente acerca de los school shottings aca, aca, aca y aca.

Ademas, la apuesta sobre en que estado iba a ser la proxima masecre sigue vigente. Desde hace varios meses, los estudiantes se estan portando muy bien y negando a entrar con una Uzi al colegio y matar a cuanta persona se cruce. Por culpa de ellos, nuestra apuesta sigue abierta.

Sobre lo que nunca imagine que iba a escribir, es sobre un geriatrico shooting. Pero bueno, la gente cambia, los yanquis eligen a un negro, las cosas cambian, las modas cambian, la sociedad cambia. Los shootings no podian ser ajenos a las nuevas tendencias. Ademas, veo mucho mas saludable ir y matar a un tipo de 80 que a uno de 18. Mis congratulaciones! Este es el camino para salir de las crisis.

Abajo dejo el articulo de NY Times del tema.

8 People Are Killed in Shooting at a Nursing Home in North Carolina By A. G. SULZBERGER and MARK BINKER; A. G. Sulzberger reported from New York, and Mark Binker from Carthage, N.C. Robbie Brown contributed reporting from Atlanta.
30 March 2009
Copyright 2009 The New York Times Company. All Rights Reserved.

A gunman opened fire Sunday at a nursing home in Carthage, N.C., killing seven elderly patients and a nurse and injuring several other people, including a police officer, the authorities said.

The shooting began around 10 a.m. at Pinelake Health and Rehab, a one-story brick building with white rocking chairs out front.

The patients were identified by The Associated Press as Louise Decker, 98; Lillian Dunn, 89; Tessie Garner, 88; John Goldston, 78; Bessie Hendrick, 78; Margaret Johnson, 89; and Jessie Musser, 88. All were residents. The nurse was identified as Jerry Avant Jr., 39.

Frances Green, the sister of Mr. Avant, said the authorities believed that her brother was shot while trying to stop the gunman.

"He just lay down his life to protect the residents and employees there," Ms. Green said. "Unfortunately he lost his life. But he was a hero."

The gunman was identified as Robert Stewart, 45. Mr. Stewart was wounded and apprehended at the scene, said Maureen Krueger, the Moore County district attorney. Officials released few details about the attack, including what, if any, motive Mr. Stewart, a resident of the county, might have had.

The A.P. reported that while the authorities declined to comment on a possible motive, Mr. Stewart's ex-wife said he had recently been reaching out to family members, telling them that he had cancer and that he was preparing to "go away."

The ex-wife, Sue Griffin, told The A.P. that she had been married to Mr. Stewart for 15 years. They had not spoken since divorcing in 2001, she said, but he had been trying to call her over the past week through her son, mother, sister and grandmother.

Ms. Griffin said Mr. Stewart had once been a painter. She said she had no idea whether her ex-husband was connected to the nursing home.

"He did have some violent tendencies from time to time," Ms. Griffin said. "I wouldn't put it past him. I hate to say it, but it is true."

Mr. Stewart is charged with eight counts of first-degree murder and a single charge of felony assault of a law enforcement officer, The A.P. reported.

Bobby Hyman, 48, who lives a half-mile from Mr. Stewart's residence, said Mr. Stewart rented the house and 10 acres of land and moved in about a year ago.

Mr. Hyman described Mr. Stewart as "just a good old country farm guy." "He'd let me know if anybody went on my property he didn't recognize," Mr. Hyman said.

Families of victims spent much of the day gathered at the nearby First Baptist Church. Many people streamed into the nursing home, on the outskirts of Carthage, to check on loved ones.

Michael Maness, 53, showed up at the home after learning about the shooting while at a church in a nearby town. His sister is a resident of the home. "She's just a little shook up," Mr. Maness said.

Bernard Bryant, the administrator of the facility, declined to answer questions. "Our concerns are with our residents, our families and our staff," Mr. Bryant said.

According to the home's Web site, it is a 120-bed facility that offers rehabilitation therapy, nursing care and hospice care and has a special Alzheimer's unit. The site says it is one of several homes run by Peak Resources, a North Carolina company founded in 1999.

After the attack, six people were taken by ambulance to the nearby FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said. By early evening, three had been released, one was still being treated and two had died.

Officer Justin Garner was shot in the leg while responding to the shooting. "But for his action we certainly could have had a worse tragedy," said Ms. Krueger, the district attorney.

Officials in this south-central North Carolina town were stunned by the violence.

"This doesn't happen in Carthage; this is brand new to us," said Carol Sparks, the town manager. "Everybody right now is in a state of shock. I am too."

Chief Chris T. McKenzie of the Carthage Police Department said, "This is a small community built on faith, and faith will get us through."

State Senator Harris Blake of Moore County said the nursing home was a pillar of the community.

"I would predict that almost everybody in this area knew someone who knew someone at that center," Mr. Blake said. "We hear about tragedies like this all over the country, and we say, 'Oh, that's bad.' Until it hits home, you don't get a full picture."


An article on Monday about the shooting deaths of eight people at a nursing home in Carthage, N.C., included incorrect names from The Associated Press for two victims. They were Louise DeKler, not Decker, and Jesse Musser, not Jessie. Because of an editing error, the article also misspelled the surname of the sister of another victim, who said her brother was killed trying to stop the gunman. She is Frances Greene, not Green.

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