Wednesday, March 11

today's headlines: shootings

Death toll in German school shooting rises to 17


WINNENDEN, Germany - A 17-year old gunman went on a shooting spree at his former school in southwest Germany on Wednesday, killing at least 16 people before dying himself in a shootout with police, authorities said.

The former student, dressed in black combat gear, entered the school in Winnenden, a town of 27,000 near Stuttgart, at 9.30 a.m. and began firing.

He killed 10 students and three teachers at the school, as well as one person at a nearby clinic, before fleeing with a hostage in a car. He was killed in a shootout with police.

Two additional passers-by were killed and two policemen seriously injured in the shootout.
SAMSON, Alabama - A U.S. gunman mowed down at least 10 people, including his grandparents and other relatives, in a deadly rampage in southern Alabama before turning the gun on himself, officials said Wednesday.


Alabama gunman kills 10, self in rampage

Michael McLendon, 27, left a trail of dead and wounded across two rural counties and three towns during Tuesday's shooting spree before killing himself after being cornered by police in a factory where he had worked.

Authorities said they were still trying to unravel the drama and McLendon's motives, but the carnage apparently began in the small town of Kinston, where McLendon set fire to his mother's house, leaving her dead.

McLendon then drove to the nearby town of Samson, where he shot his grandparents, an aunt and an uncle as they sat on the porch of their home, Samson mayor Clay King said.

He then killed the wife and baby daughter of local sheriff's deputy, Josh Myers, who lived across the street, gunned down as they were out on their front porch talking with neighbors.

Just minutes later Myers took part in the shootout with the killer, not knowing his wife, 31, and 18-month-old daughter had been slain.


Behind the Blue Line has more good coverage: Tragedy in Alabama and Germany


TIMELINE: Major shootings at schools and universities

REUTERS MARCH 11, 2009 8:01 AM

Here are some major shootings inside schools and universities around the world in recent years:

March 1996 - BRITAIN - A gunman bursts into a primary school in Dunblane in Scotland and shoots dead 16 children and their teacher before killing himself.

March 1997 - YEMEN - A man with an assault rifle attacks hundreds of pupils at two schools in Sanaa, killing six children and two others. He is sentenced to death the next day.

March 1998 - USA - At Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas, two boys aged 13 and 11 set off the fire alarm and kill four students and a teacher as they leave the school.

May 1998 - USA - In Springfield, Oregon, a student opens fire in Thurston High School, killing two students and injuring 22. The boy's parents are later found slain in their home.

April 1999 - USA - Two student gunmen kill 12 other students and a teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, before killing themselves.

January 2002 - USA - A student who had been dismissed from the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia, kills the dean, a professor and a student, and wounds three others.

February 2002 - GERMANY - In Freising, Bavaria, a former student thrown out of trade school shoots three people before killing himself. Another teacher is injured.

April 26, 2002 - GERMANY - In Erfurt, eastern Germany, a gunman opens fire after he said he was not going to take a mathematics test. A total of 18 people die, including the assailant.

September 1, 2004 - RUSSIA - 333 hostages - at least 186 of them children - die in a chaotic storming of School No. 1 in Beslan, after it is seized by rebels demanding Chechen independence.

March 21, 2005 - USA - A 16-year-old high school student shoots dead five students, a teacher and a security guard at a school at Minnesota's Red Lake Indian Reservation. He also killed his grandfather and his grandfather's companion.

September 13, 2006 - CANADA - Kimveer Gill opens fire on the street and inside the college in Montreal's Dawson College, killing one student and injuring 19 others. Gill kills himself after a battle with police.

October 2, 2006 - USA - Charles Carl Roberts, a dairy truck driver with a grudge, attacks a one-room Amish school in rural Pennsylvania, He shoots 10 girls, killing five of them, before killing himself.

November 20, 2006 - GERMANY - An 18-year-old former pupil opens fire after storming the Scholl school in the town of Emsdetten. Eleven people are wounded before he commits suicide.

April 16, 2007 - USA - A gunmen kills 32 people and himself and wounds 15 others at Virginia Tech University in the deadliest campus shooting in U.S. history.

November 7, 2007 - FINLAND - Seven children and a head teacher are killed when a student opens fire at a school in southern Finland. The 18-year-old dies later in hospital after shooting himself in the head.

February 14, 2008 - USA - Five people are killed when a man opens fire in a classroom at Northern Illinois University near Chicago, including the gunman who killed himself, CNN reports.

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