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The Parker Middle School dance shooting was an incident that occurred on April 24, 1998 at a restaurant in Edinboro, Pennsylvania, United States. 14-year-old Andrew Jerome Wurst fatally shot 48-year-old John Gillette, a teacher at Parker Middle School, at Nick's Place (a nearby restaurant) during an 8th grade graduation dance.[1] The shooting began on an outdoor patio. Before running out of ammunition, Wurst proceeded to enter Nick's Place, where the dance had been held, and subsequently fired and wounded a teacher and two students. The shooting ended when the owner of Nick's Place intervened and held Wurst at gunpoint with a shotgun for eleven minutes until police arrived.

Wurst plead guilty to a lesser charge of third-degree murder along with attempted murder in an attempt to avoid life imprisonment. He is serving a 60-year sentence in a prison for young offenders.[2] He will be eligible for parole in 2029.


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