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Armed teen arrested after stand-off with police

The Local · 23 May 2012, 06:55

Published: 23 May 2012 06:55 GMT+02:00

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The teenager, who was not immediately named, allegedly fired at least one shot at his school, then fired several more times after he was tracked down to a sports field in the Bavarian town of Memmingen near Munich.

Following a tense standoff with police, he surrendered to officers, a police spokesman said. No one was injured and he was eventually taken in for psychological evaluation.

Police said the shots fired at the sports field were not deliberately aimed at them, and at one point the boy reportedly threatened to take his own life.

Media reports also said he may have been involved in a dispute with a fellow pupil or a former girlfriend. An online news channel, n-tv, said the weapons belonged to the boy's father.

The boy had earlier charged into his school with two weapons, firing at least one shot before fleeing. No one was injured in this incident either, police said.

After the alarm was raised, all 280 pupils were told via loudspeaker to remain in their classrooms while teachers closed off the rooms.

Police special units rushed to the school and, after a search, pupils were led outside, the spokesman said. All pupils were returned to their parents safe and sound.

On March 11, 2009, a masked 17-year-old named Tim Kretschmer burst into his former school and picked off nine fellow pupils and three teachers, mostly with expert execution-style shots to the head.

A further three people lost their lives in a dramatic chase and shootout with police before Kretschmer, cornered, turned the gun on himself.

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It was the worst school shooting in Germany since April 2002, when 19-year-old Robert Steinhaeuser, a disgruntled student from Erfurt in eastern Germany who had been expelled, killed 16 people and then himself.

After the massacre in Winnenden, schools put into place special drills toprevent such incidents occurring again.


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Your comments about this article

09:57 May 23, 2012 by bluestratus
Tje, offenbar hat er bissel zuviel Grand Theft Auto gespielt......
10:28 May 23, 2012 by yourkeau
People who always complain about integration of foreigners, have your say!
13:31 May 23, 2012 by William Thirteen
18:16 May 23, 2012 by Jibzy
Dear Local admin.

I would like to know the ethnicities and religious doctrines that all these follow murderers follow (they arent terrorists since they seem white). Can you please be consisntent at least, since you seem to provide the above 2 characteristics of the terrorists if they move to Germany from Iraq or somewhere else?

Also, you should stop being click-hungry rats. You might get a couple of euros more if you write a controversial "news article" but you help lay foundations of hatred among people and divisions in society. And if you think this has no implications on YOU, you will be amazed how karma works.

Im going to stop giving you my clicks now.
00:08 May 24, 2012 by Kosmonaughty
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