Gunman Kills 15 in School Shooting
A German teen killed 15 people in a shooting spree Wednesday that ended in him taking his own life, AP reports.
Tim Kretschmer, 17, entered a school in Winnenden, where he was a former student, and began firing upon students and teachers killing 12, CNN reports. Three more were killed Kretschmer fled the scene.
No motive is currently known, but most of the victims were female. Eight female students, one male student and three female teachers were killed during the rampage, said Baden Wuerttemburg state interior minister Heribert Rech.
"They were completely taken by surprise. Some of the victims still had their pens in their hands," Rech said.
The shootings began at 9:45 a.m. and lasted for two minutes. Police arrived on the scene almost immediately.
"This speedy intervention means they prevented further escalation of events," Rech said.
The gun Kretschmer used was his father's who was part of a local gun club.
Kretschmer shot several students in the head in first floor classrooms including some teachers. When police arrived he fled the scene shoot one male student as he left.
He shot one medical facility worker as he fled on foot into town where he hijacked a car and driver. He left the car and driver and fled to a car dealership where he took two more men's lives along with his own.
At least 15 other people were injured in Winnenden and nearby Wendlingen including two police officers and 6 students, police spokeswoman Renate Roesch said.