German Gunman Was Calm, Ruthless: Witnesses

Witnesses describe student's rampage
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2009 3:58 PM CDT
German Gunman Was Calm, Ruthless: Witnesses
Candles are formed into a cross outside the Albertville school in Winnenden, near Stuttgart, Germany, today.   (AP Photo)

Tim Kretschmer was calm and silent as he gunned down his former classmates today in southern Germany, witnesses tell the Telegraph. Kretschmer, 17, moved between classrooms dispatching his victims—mainly girls—with a weapon he’d brought from home. The only words survivors heard him say were “Aren’t you all dead yet?” after he returned to a classroom for the third time.

Three teachers died trying to protect students; one stood in Kretschmer’s way with “a defiant look on her face,” a witness said. “He gunned her down with ice-cold efficiency.” Kretschmer killed eight girls, one boy and three female teachers, then two more people at a car showroom as he tried to flee. Finally, the gunman took his own life after being injured by police. (More Germany stories.)

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