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    Eleven Feared Dead in School Shooting

    Eleven feared dead in school shooting

    Published: 11 Mar 09 12:52 CET

    Police have sealed off a small town in southwestern Germany near Stuttgart and are hunting down a gunman who they say shot dead 11 people and injured many more before fleeing into the streets.

    At least 10 school children and one other person were killed when the black-clad man – said to be a 17-year-old former pupil – entered the Albertville vocational school in Winnenden at around 9:30am on Wednesday.

    He reportedly said nothing before starting to shoot wildly and randomly around himself before heading into the town, which is located some 20 kilometres northeast of Stuttgart.

    Reports of the man’s age are contradictory, but a police spokesman has told reporters that they know who he is and the fact that his parents legally own 18 firearms.

    “We still have to establish the facts,” a police spokesman said.

    The around 1,000 pupils at the school were evacuated as rescue services flooded into the town of 27,000, as attention turned to the whereabouts of the shooter.

    The authorities have now closed down parts of Winnenden’s centre and warned drivers in the area not to pick up anyone as the man is considered armed and extremely dangerous.

    “The town is practically sealed off,” the spokesman said.

    Germany has been shocked by a number of fatal school shootings in recent years.

    In February 2002, a 22-year-old gunman killed the headmaster and seriously injured another person in a vocational training centre he attended at Freising, near Munich.

    Two months later, 16 people were killed at a high-school in Erfurt in eastern Germany, by a 19-year-old former student, who then killed himself.

    In November 2006, a former student at a vocational school in Lower Saxony in northwestern Germany went a shooting spree in the establishment, injuring 37 people before turning his gun on himself.

    The authories have set up a hotline for family members seeking information: 0711 904 40949
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    15 dead after teen shooting rampage at German school

    BERLIN, Germany (CNN) -- Fifteen people died Wednesday in the shooting spree in the German town of Winnenden, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) northeast of Stuttgart, police spokeswoman Renate Roesch told CNN.

    At least five people were injured. The gunman is dead, she said.

    The shooting, which lasted about two minutes, happened at the Albertville-Realschule Winnenden school, a junior high school, about 9:30 a.m. About 1,000 students attend the school.

    Police said the gunman was a 17-year-old former student dressed in military gear.
    Authorities had sealed the town off and launched an intense manhunt for the man they described as 1.80m (5'11") and heavily armed.

    According to Welt Online, a shoot out between the gunman and police officers ensued in a grocery store, during which the gunman was killed. Two other people also died during the shootout, which left two police officers seriously wounded, it said.

    "It is a small town, an idyllic town," said Frank Nipkau, the editor in chief of local Winnenden Zeitung newspaper. "The town people are devastated and they can't understand why this is happening in this town."

    "Police are coming through the whole time. They're obviously looking all over town for him," said Roberto Seifert, who works at a company next to the school. "We've never had anything like this," he told by phone.

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