German Gunman Targeted Girls

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Mar 12, 2009 3:27 AM CDT
A stuffed animal sits among memorial candles in front of the Albertville school in Winnenden, Germany, where a teenage gunman shot dead 14 people.   (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
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(Newser) – German police are still seeking some twisted motive for a suicidal teen gunman who shot dead 14 people at his former high school, but he clearly appears to have targeted girls, reports the Telegraph. Tim Kretschmer, 17, killed nine former schoolmates, eight of them girls, as well as three female teachers at the school near Stuttgart. "He wasn't shooting wildly or randomly when he entered the classrooms. He primarily shot to the head," said a local official.

More would have likely died had it not been for the three teachers who blocked the young gunman from their students, said authorities. The teen "never had a girlfriend," according to a female student. "He was always a weirdo, obsessed with 'death metal' music and guns. He hated the world," she added. Kretschmer killed himself hours after the massacre when he was cornered by police.