German Gunman Was Calm, Ruthless: Witnesses

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