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13 March 2009 @ 11:11 am
Winnenden school shooting on 11 March 2009  


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Winnenden school shooting

The Winnenden school shooting occurred on 11 March 2009 at a secondary school in Winnenden, Germany, resulting in sixteen confirmed deaths, including the perpetrator, seventeen-year-old Tim Kretschmer, who was a graduate of the school. Several people were injured.


Albertville school

The BBC reports that he moved from room to room, shooting his victims in the head, indicating that the shots were not random. The perpetrator fired more than 60 shots at the school and 44 more when escaping.

Nine students, two female teachers and one female student teacher were killed. The students were 14-15 years old, eight of them female.

He emerged at about 12:30 and a shootout with police began; he wounded two police officers before he himself was wounded by police. He then committed suicide.


Perpetrator

Tim Kretschmer, 17 (November 6, 1991 – March 11, 2009), was from the neighboring municipality of Leutenbach,and had graduated from Albertville school one year earlier with poor grades. Kretschmer was described as "a lonely and frustrated person who felt rejected by society." A former friend, who did not wish to be named, described Kretschmer as a quiet student who had begun to withdraw from peers. He was an avid table tennis player and had planned on becoming a professional player. It is also reported that he enjoyed playing the video game Counter-Strike and using airsoft guns.

Police stormed the Kretschmer family house at about 10:00 on the day of the shooting. Tim Kretschmer's father, a member of a local gun club ("Schützenverein" in German), legally owned 15 guns. One 9mm Beretta handgun was found missing along with several hundred rounds of ammunition. Fourteen of the guns were kept in a gun safe, while the Beretta was kept in the bedroom. The pistol was later recovered and identified as a Beretta 92FS.


Response

German President Horst Köhler said he was "appalled and saddened" by the killings. Köhler and his wife expressed their condolences to the victims and their families and friends.

TV stations MTV and VIVA both cut programming and replaced it with music videos to remember those lost in the event.
..VIVA also had a video loop with local presenter Klaas along with phone numbers to call.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winnenden_school_shooting

..reminds me of the movie 'Elephant'
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elephant_(movie)

..and reminds me of the Akihabara incident (that killer had the same age as mine)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akihabara_massacre

later today I will upload some (alot!) snapshots from TH fanparty 2008.. ugh such an otaku, me. :p

Currently is busy at the office. Yet, still have time to blog... :p .. It's because I find the news interesting enough. Poor students and victims.

RIP. T^T
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Godnorth_ernlights on March 13th, 2009 05:50 am (UTC)
You went to the fanparty? 0.0


And geez...school shootings...we (Finland) had our second one last year, too...Seems like it's becoming more and more popular outside the US.
罗春花me_lon on March 13th, 2009 07:52 am (UTC)
wow no! XD
What I mean is snapshots as in print screens from some fan video about the fan party in youtube XD I'm that interested enough to push the 's' button for snapshotting the video resulting in about 2500-3000 shots o_o

wow... In Finland too? I've never heard 1 in my country, because access to gun is kinda difficult. But that's scary how little stressful kids around the world can do damages like that in their schools. Security needs to be enhanced.. and much more to do.. too much exposure to violence, not enough help for depressed souls, etc etc.. ;_;
freestylerockerfreestylerocker on March 13th, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
What an ill mind can do...
罗春花me_lon on March 14th, 2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
creepy. At the tender age of 17.. ill mind..