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All times a.m., approximate

3 a.m.: Charles CarlRoberts IV, 32,arrives home from work after finishing his milk run, picking up milk from Amish farms.

7-7:45 a.m.: Roberts and his wife, Marie, begin getting their children ready for school.

8:45 a.m.: Roberts walks hischildren to the schoolbus stop.

9 a.m.: Marie Roberts leaves for a prayer group at the Presbyterian church. The pastor of the church, Douglas Hileman, later said the group's name is Mothers in Touch; Charles Roberts was to leave the house for a random drug test, a requirement for his job, but did not do so.

9:15 a.m.: Marie Roberts arrives at church

About 10 a.m.:Charles Roberts enters the West Nickel Mines Amish School.

10:30 a.m.:Marie Roberts leaves church with a friend and drops off the friend before returning home.

About 10:30 a.m.: The Amish teacher and another adult at the school run to a nearby farmhouse, and someone calls 911 to report a hostage situation.

10:45 a.m.: Marie Roberts arrives home and tries to call her husband from the couple's home phone; Charles Roberts had taken her cell phone with him. He doesn't answer. The first police units arrive at the school.

10:50 a.m.: Roberts call his wife but will not disclose where he is and tells her, "I am not coming home. The police are here." He then tells her he molested two young female family members 20 years earlier and tells her where to find suicide notes he has left in the house. He hangs up, his wife finds the suicides notes and calls her mother, then calls 911.

Just after 11 a.m.: Charles Roberts tells a dispatcher he will open fire on the children if police don't back away from the building. Within seconds, troopers hear gunfire inside. Troopers storm the school. Roberts shoots himself in the head as they are coming through the window.

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