School shooting in Germany leaves 16 dead

March 12, 2009
Teen-age attacker begins rampage at his former school near Stuttgart

A teen-age gunman in Germany killed 15 people, most of them female, on Wednesday in a rampage that began at a school near Stuttgart and ended in a nearby town, where he then killed himself after the police wounded him. The attack left Germany, which tightened tough gun controls after a similar attack at a school seven years ago, struggling to understand the carnage that had again befallen it, a country with relatively little violent crime. In 2002, a gunman killed 16 people before killing himself at a school in Erfurt, in eastern Germany. The authorities identified the attacker as Tim Kretschmer, 17, who graduated last year from the school he later attacked, the Albertville secondary school in Winnenden.

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