Left: Aerial view of the scene of the shooting courtesy of WPXI Pittsburgh
(Paradise, PA) An unknown gunman and hostage-taker killed "at least six" people at a one-room Amish schoolhouse Monday in Pennsylvania's eastern Lancaster County, and the shooter was among the dead, according to state police Cpl. Ralph Striebig.
The shooting occurred about 11 am at the Wolf Rock School in Paradise, Pennsylvania. CNN is reporting the location as Nickel Mines, PA.
"So far, six confirmed dead, and the helicopters are pulling into (Lancaster General Hospital) like crazy," Coroner G. Gary Kirchner said.
Police surrounded the school late Monday morning, and the Lancaster County 911 Web site reports that dozens of emergency units were dispatched to a "medical emergency" at 10:45 am. A list of the 22 units dispatched is available at this link.
Several dozen people in traditional Amish clothing, hats and bonnets have gathered near the building, speaking with one another and with police. At least two ambulances have already left the scene, and at least one person was taken to a medical helicopter for airlift.