Eighteen dead at German school Shooting

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  1. jjcollins

    jjcollins DIS Veteran

    Aug 26, 1999
    Eighteen people have been killed after two gunmen went on the rampage at a school in the east German city of Erfurt.

    One of the assailants is dead - he was a former student at the school

    Klaus-Peter Pohl
    Erfurt police
    One of the two, a former student of the Gutenberg school who was only recently expelled, is now dead, said police spokesman Klaus-Peter Pohl.

    It remains unclear whether he killed himself or was caught in cross-fire.

    Police have not yet established contact with the other gunman.

    There are reports that he is holed up in a classroom with as many as 28 hostages, two of whom may be seriously wounded.

    A passer-by told German television he had seen a banner hanging from a window with the message: "Help!"

    Two teachers, one male and one female, were among the first to die in the shooting spree, which started just before 1100 (0900 GMT). A police woman was shot and killed shortly after arriving at the scene.

    Local radio cited a pupil as saying that a fellow-pupil pulled the gun as he was about to sit a morning maths exam, but the report remains unconfirmed.

    Second school attack

    The majority of the 750 pupils are believed to have been evacuated from the building, a grammar school for children aged between 10 and 19.

    Police sealed off the area

    At least 20, however, remain unaccounted for.

    Correspondents say that outside the building, a police officer with a megaphone urged parents to register their children's names before leaving the scene, while groups of dazed and shocked students huddled in the street, hugging and crying.

    A local courtroom has been set up as a meeting point for parents and children.

    The incident comes just two months after a similar attack in southern Germany, when a disgruntled former pupil opened fire in his old school, leaving dead and wounded behind.

    The 22-year-old man killed the headmaster of a school in Freising near Munich, before blowing himself up.

    jj........:( :(
  2. WDWfan uk

    WDWfan uk <font color=red>.... but you can call me Shirley :

    Aug 21, 1999
    ....... it is truly shocking. I just feel horrified at the death and injury and mental anguish that has been wrought on innocent people, as I'm sure everyone does.
  3. Janice

    Janice Super Shopper

    Aug 18, 1999
    Dear oh dear - this is just too awful for words!

    Heatfelt sympathy for those who are suffering a loss right now.

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