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Old 03-11-2009, 04:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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German school shooting death toll rises to 17

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BERLIN, March 11 (Xinhua) -- The death toll in Wednesday's school shooting in Germany has risen to 17, including the 17-year-old gunman shot dead by the police, officials said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel described the shooting spree as an appalling crime, adding that Wednesday is a day of mourning for the whole of Germany.

The gunman, reportedly a former student of the school, went on the rampage around 9:30 a.m. local time (0830 GMT) at the Albertville high school near the southwestern German city of Stuttgart, slaying at least 16 people.

Nine students and three teachers at the school were among the killed, local officials said at a press conference, adding the gunman had entered three classrooms.

The school, which has 1,000 students, was evacuated immediately after the incident.

One passer-by also fell victim to the shooting spree.

Rescue teams and police forces stand in front of the Albertville school in Winnenden near Stuttgart, Germany, Wednesday, March 11, 2009.

Rescue teams and police forces stand in front of the Albertville school in Winnenden near Stuttgart, Germany, Wednesday, March 11, 2009. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)
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German police afterwards launched a massive hunt, backed by helicopters, for him. At least ten helicopters were hovering over the scene amid a mass police search, German television reported.

The killer was shot dead during a standoff with the police at a parkhouse of a shopping center in town after he fled the school, Baden Wuerttemburg governor Guenther Oettinger said.

Two additional passers-by were killed and two policemen were seriously injured by the attacker in the fire-fight with police.

A student wounded just died in hospital, bringing the total death toll to 17 including the gunman, officials said.

In early reports, the German mass circulation newspaper Bild reported on its website that the attacker killed himself at a parkhouse of a shopping center at about 12:35 local time (1135 GMT).

Police was also searching the parents' house of the suspect, the German televion n-tv said.

The parents of the gunman reportedly have 18 guns in house.

Lobal authorities described the killing as the worst in the country in seven years.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was "deeply shocked" by the tragedy, her spokesman Ulrich Wilhelm said in Berlin.

Germany has seen several school shooting in past years.

In November 2006, an armed young man generated with home-made pipe-bombs and fired bullets at a school in the town of Emsdetten, wounding 27 people including 16 policemen before committing suicide.

In April 2002, a gunman killed 17 and eventually himself at a high school in the eastern city of Erfurt, which was the worst school shooting recorded in the country.

i dont get why students/ex students shoot up the kids, do they not know the school has a staff room
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Old 03-11-2009, 04:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Holy shit, that's lame. What is this the kid the Terminator, how many guns did he ******* havE?
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Old 03-11-2009, 04:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Dam bro, I just read this too, its crazy man... and he took one of his fathers gun's. So I think his father is gonna be in trouble too.
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Old 03-11-2009, 04:42 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Jesus christ. I'm gonna start wearing a ******* kevlar vest to school.
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Jesus christ. I'm gonna start wearing a ******* kevlar vest to school.
I think you are okay at college as long as you don't go to Kent State.
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I think you are okay at college as long as you don't go to Kent State.
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Or Virginia Tech
Wow...I forgot all about that one and it happened in my lifetime.
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