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Motives Remain a Mystery After Slaughter in Germany

Washington Post

12 March 2009

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[A]uthorities said Tim Kretschmer, 17, entered the Albertville Realschule in the town of Winnenden about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday… carrying a semiautomatic pistol. They said he fatally shot 12 people there — all but one of them female…

[H]e killed a salesman and a customer, before shooting himself as police converged on the scene…

[T]he handgun used in the rampage was a 9 mm Beretta pistol registered to Kretschmer's father, a member of a gun club.

Rech said the gunman's father was the legal owner of 15 firearms. Police later found that 14 of them were safely locked up in the family's home, but that one had been left unsecured in a bedroom…

"[I]t is noteworthy that primarily girls were killed — eight girls and one boy" … The teachers killed were women.

Three teachers and nine students were killed inside the two-story school building…

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