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Horse dies in Amish drive-by buggy shooting

Typical Amish horse and buggy set up. Not exactly built for speed.

Typical Amish horse and buggy set up. Not exactly built for speed, and not usually the target of a drive-by shooting.

Police in East Lampeter Twp. are searching for suspects involved in what seems like a classic drive-by shooting with a twist. Drive-by shootings are usually a more urban phenomenon associated gang rivalries. This shooting was aimed at an Amish family in their horse and buggy. Luckily, the only one injured was the horse. Sadly, it died.

The Smoking Gun reports that on November 24, 2013, a family of five, a man, a woman and their three children, ages 7, 9, and 12, were riding home in their horse and buggy at about 9 p.m.

When they were a mile from home, a car passed them from behind on the road, and they heard a sound “described as sounding like a firecracker,” according to the police report. Neither the car, nor the buggy stopped.

When the family got home, they saw that their horse was bleeding from the mouth. The horse died before the vet got there, but the vet examined the animal and found a bullet hole in its chest on the left side.

Police are tentatively treating the incident as a weapons offense and a case of cruelty to animals. No one has officially suggested a motive in the case.

Anyone with any information on this incident is urged to call the East Lampeter Twp. Police at (717) 291-4676.

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