Associated Press: A 17-year-old gunman dressed in black opened fire at his former high school in southwestern Germany on Wednesday then fled in a hijacked car, killing at least 16 people before police shot him to death, state officials said.
The gunman entered the school in Winnenden, a town of 28,000, and opened fire, shooting at random, police said. He killed 10 students, three teachers and a passer-by outside the building, officials said.
"He went into the school with a weapon and carried out a bloodbath," said regional police chief Erwin Hetger. "I've never seen anything like this in my life."
About 1,000 children attend the school, located in a suburb some 12 miles northeast of Stuttgart.
Triggering a land and air manhunt, the gunman hijacked a car, freed the passengers and drove about 25 miles before police found him. When confronted, he killed two bystanders in a shootout with police before he was slain, Baden Wuerttemburg governor Guenther Oettinger said. Two officers were seriously injured, but there was no immediate information on other casualties.
Four hours after the shootings began, police announced the teenager's death.
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