30 Mar 2009

Six killed in US nursing home shooting

9:21 am on 30 March 2009

Six people have been killed and five injured in a shooting at a nursing home in the southeastern US state of North Carolina.

The shooting happened at the Pinelake Health and Rehab Center in Carthage, a small town about 25 km north of Fort Bragg, home of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division.

North Carolina's WRAL television station quoted Carthage police as saying that a gunman walked into the 90-bed nursing home, which offers care for Alzheimer's sufferers, and shot dead six people.

Carthage Police Chief Chris McKenzie told the station the alleged gunman was also injured.

It was the third major shooting to occur in the southeastern United States this month.

On 10 March, a 28-year-old in Alabama killed 10 people, including his own mother, and then took his own life.

A few days later in Miami, a Cuban immigrant shot and killed four people, including his estranged wife, before taking his own life.