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Gun Violence Kills Six At Nursing Home In North Carolina

March 29, 2009

UPDATED…….8 now confirmed dead

Guns continue to do what they were designed to do……

Police confirm six people are dead after a shooting at an assisted living facility in the town of Carthage.

The incident happened around 10 a.m. on Sunday. Carthage Police were called to Pinelake Health and Rehabilitation Center in reference to a shooting.

From the BBC

A police officer and the gunmen were among those injured in the incident in the town of Carthage, police said.

Police units are at the scene of the Pinelake Health and Rehab Center, where the gunman reportedly opened fire at 1000 local time (1500 GMT).

Carthage Police Department Chief Chris McKenzie said that the shooter was an “adult male”.

Mr McKenzie said: “At the Pinelake Rehabilitation Center this morning we did have an individual that did injure six that right now we have confirmed as fatalities.

“We have potentially two others injured at the hospital and a law enforcement officer injured as well.”

He said the injured police officer was “fine”.

Unconfirmed local reports say the shooting may have been the result of a domestic dispute.

The suspect was taken to hospital and Mr McKenzie said police hoped to question him in due course as to his motive for the shooting.

The facility, about 60 miles (100 km) south-west of Raleigh, has 90 beds and specialises in caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease.

The BBC’s Jon Donnison in Washington says the shooting will no doubt once again reignite the debate about gun laws in the United States.

……don’t bet on it….we are too jaded to gun violence in this country to care anymore.  That is sad, but true.

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