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Carthage Nursing Home Massacre

Dispatches From the Deadliest Mass Shooting in N.C. History

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Coverage of the massacre at Pinelake Nursing Home dominated the April 1, 2009 issue of The Pilot. (Photograph by Jaymie Baxley/The Pilot)

Nine years have passed since the mass shooting at a Carthage nursing home that still ranks as the deadliest single-day massacre in North Carolina's modern history. The rampage left eight people dead and briefly thrust Moore County into the national spotlight. Robert Stewart was convicted of the shooting in 2011. He is serving a 179-year sentence at the Caswell Correctional Center in Yanceyville. The following articles and many of the accompanying photographs were originally published in the April 1, 2009 issue of The Pilot. Each story explores a different aspect of the tragedy. The articles, several of which were previously unavailable on The Pilot's website, are presented here as they were in that day's newspaper and have not been revised. — Jaymie Baxley


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Home of Wanda Stewart’s mother seen through shot-out window of her car. (Photograph by Glenn Sides/The Pilot)

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Town and county officials hold a press conference in Carthage. (Photograph by Glenn Sides/The Pilot)

 

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A flag flies at half-staff at Pinelake Health and Rehabilitation Center in Carthage.  (Photograph by Glenn Sides/The Pilot)

 

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Bullet holes from apparent target practice riddle a barrel outside Robert Stewart’s home. (Photograph by Glenn Sides/The Pilot)

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Robert Stewart 

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Cordoned-off scene of the shooting a Pinelake Health and Rehabilitation Center.(Photograph by Glenn Sides/The Pilot)

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Justin Garner with wife Stephanie Garner after the Pinelake shooting. (Photograph by Glenn Sides/The Pilot)

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From left: Jerry Avant Jr., Bessie Hendrick, Jesse Musser and Lillian Dunn in the photographs that accompanied their obituaries in the April 1, 2009 issue of The Pilot. (Contributed photographs)

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Sheree Kelly of Sheree’s Flower Shoppe hangs a bow at Pinelake. (Photograph by Glenn Sides/The Pilot)

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Carthage Mayor and Sheriff’s Deputy Ronnie Fields, Carthage Police Chief Chris McKenzie, Carthage Town Manager Carol Sparks and state Rep. Jamie Boles confer.  (Photograph by Steve Bouser/The Pilot)

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Carthage Police Chief Chris McKenzie addresses a throng of state and national media during a press conference at the Carthage Fire Department. (Photograph by Steve Bouser/The Pilot)

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More than a dozen satellite trucks belonging to television news crews lined up in the parking lot behind the Carthage Town Hall, where town and county officials were holding a press conference.  (Photograph by Steve Bouser/The Pilot)

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Editorial cartoon by Bruce Field/The Pilot

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