November 6, 2009
Local Dentist kills 3, injures 7
Three people have been killed and 7 injured at Shirlene's Salmon & Honey Shack on Fester Street in a rampage that officials believe was carried out by a local dentist who was scheduled for a Brazilian bikini wax later that afternoon.
The assailant was identified by the Carlisle Pennysaver as Dr. Charles Stearns, a local dentist. Stearns was initially reported to have been sedated with a tranquilizer dart, but police told a late night news conference that Stearns was wounded and in custody. Dr. Stearns is not talking to authorities, said police.
Stearn's brother, 'Big Frank' Stearns, issued this statement late Thursday.
"We are shocked and saddened by the terrible events at The Salmon & Honey Shack today. We send the families of the victims our most heartfelt sympathies," the statement read. "Charlie is an American citizen. He was Born in Carlisle and raised here in Carlisle... Our family loves Carlisle. We are proud of Carlisle, and saddened by today's tragedy. We hope that hate groups will not jump to conclusions"
Sterns allegedly broke through the store's front door, devoured 3 gallons of honey and almost 50 pounds of smoked salmon. He then attacked a costumed group of customers who had gathered in the store prior to the start of downtown Carlisle's annual Trout Festival & Parade. Among the wounded was a female security officer who tried to pry a package of expensive Salmon Jerky from Stearns' grasp.
At this time, officials are unwilling to speculate as to a motive for the attack.
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