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Several killed in hospital shooting in Lörrach

The Local · 19 Sep 2010, 22:31

Published: 19 Sep 2010 21:02 GMT+02:00
Updated: 19 Sep 2010 22:31 GMT+02:00

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The police said the woman responsible for the massacre had also been killed.

"The situation is now under control," said a police spokesman.

The shooting started at 6:00 pm (1600 GMT) at Saint Elizabeth hospital in the centre of Lörrach, which lies in Baden-Württemberg near Germany's borders with France and Switzerland.

One police officer, who happened to be in the hospital as the woman began shooting, suffered life-threatening injuries. She also attacked the officers arriving on the scene before she was shot and killed.


The authorities believe the shooter left a nearby apartment house where there was an explosion shortly before the massacre. A dead adult and child were later found in the building.

"At around 1600 GMT, firefighters were called out to an explosion at an apartment in a street near the hospital," the spokesman told news agency AFP.

"Soon afterwards, firefighters found two bodies in the apartment."

The incident comes only days after the manslaughter trial opened in Stuttgart Thursday of the father of Tim Kretschmer, the teenager who shot dead 15 people before killing himself at his old school in Baden-Württemberg in March 2009.

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Jörg Kretschmer, a 51-year-old businessman, is accused of having violated gun laws because his 17-year-old son was able to take his 9mm Beretta pistol from his bedside to use in the shootings in the town of Winnenden.

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00:34 September 20, 2010 by abendix2
A few hours ago I wrote a comment "Was she a muslim?" and admin deleted my comment, and suspended my account.

It was a normal non-racial comment

There is something wrong with german society and freedom of speech that you have to do things like this. You have to live in a big fear that you can't say ANTYHING about muslims.

Greetings from Poland. Yeah, I know, propably you will cut this comment too.
02:15 September 20, 2010 by abendix2
Did I write something bad about muslims? No. Did I write something about all crimes in the world? No. I was wondering what was religion of this woman beacuse it could have a relation with this cirme.

I know few muslims, they are good people, they are working hard for living, but I know that are some groups of muslims they are NOT so peaceful. And this fact has a relation with their religion.

In the democratic society we should feel free talk about things like these, whether or not we talk about muslism, christians etc.

08:21 September 20, 2010 by beckyhead
The news reports keep saying she was using an "automatic" firearm. This implies she went into a hospitol with a sub-machine gun type weapon. Idiots. However, the real issue is how she got her hands on the firearm (which I am sure was not a machine gun..). With the tough gun laws in Germany, this will spur all the anti-gun zealots to either call for a ban or call for even toughter, more draconian laws. Currently, I beleive the German laws a too tough, but they are effective, so why punish the vast majority that abide by the law?

What a coward that shoots up people in a hospital? The psychos always go to were people think they are safe. (schools, now hospitals...) but vulnerable.

As for freedom of speech in Germany...eh...
10:22 September 20, 2010 by wenddiver
They go to places where there are no civilian guns and the Police ussually disarm themsrlves.
15:50 September 20, 2010 by dbert4
@ wenddiver - Hate to rain on your pro-NRA parade but, there are plenty of LICENSED guns in Germany. Every now and then one of the distraught owners or family members of owners decides to be like an American and rampage. Probably after being inspired by American movies or television.
16:47 September 20, 2010 by beckyhead
@dbert. His comment was not about the NRA nor about WBK holders. He was simply stating a fact; it's easy to go on a killing spree where guns are not permitted (rightfuly so) and people are more vulnerable. It appears you couldn't wait to jump on some anti-American rant and spew garbage full of stereotype and stupidity.
02:31 September 21, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Check out "Tag der Abruchnung" with Christoph Waltz. True story in Germany. Then let's communicate.
16:56 September 21, 2010 by derExDeutsche
Wait... First, they said that ONLY Americans go on shooting rampages. Citing American stooopitity and violence on TV. now if someone goes on a shooting rampage in Germany, its also the USA's fault? Why?

haha. and to the Right of this article is a Picture of G. Clooney with a Gun. Who do you think ol' George voted for in '08?

So who is to blame for the Violence in Germany? the Liberal Big Hollywood Crowd. Thanks for clearing that up, dbert. 1 more reason to vote the bums out in November.
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