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Germany shocked at school shooting

2009-03-12 03:49:15 GMT2009-03-12 11:49:15 (Beijing Time)  Reuters

German Chancellor Angela Merkel expresses her shock after a teenage gunmen attacked his former school, killing several people.

German students pay their respects to the victims of a shooting spree at their school.

Police said 17-year-old Tim Kretschmer killed nine students and three teachers at his former school, the Albertville-Realschule, as well as one person at a nearby clinic in Winnenden in southwestern Germany.

Police said he entered two classrooms at the school and started firing indiscriminately.

This student saw events unfold:

SOUNDBITE: Lorena, Student at Albertville-Realschule, saying (German):

"People stood up as they probably saw someone standing there. They probably stood up to see what he was doing. I went out with my classmate to see what was going on, and then there was a shot."

Kretschmer fled in a car with a hostage and came here to the nearby town Wendlingen, around 30 kilometres from the school.

During a shootout with police, two bystanders were killed.

The gunman also died, bringing the total death toll to 16.

It wasn't clear if the gunman was shot by police or took his own life.

Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed the nation's shock:

SOUNDBITE: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, saying (German):

"It is difficult to put into words what happened today - but of course sympathy and grief is with the families of the victims. We hope that they will be able to find some comfort at this difficult time."

Intially, there was little information about Kretschmer, who lived in this house.

German television reported he may have used a legally-registered gun, kept in his family's home.

One gun and 50 bullets were missing from the gunman's father's legally-owned collection.

Joanna Partridge, Reuters

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