10 dead after teen shooting rampage at German school

The shootings took place at the Albertville-Realschule Winnenden school.
A 17-year-old former student, dressed in military gear, killed at least 10 people when he opened fire at a school in southwest Germany on Wednesday morning, police said.

Several others were wounded in the shooting in the small town of Winnenden, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) northeast of Stuttgart. The exact number of casualties was still not known, said police spokesman Herr Brenner. The shootings happened at the Albertville-Realschule Winnenden school, a junior high school, about 9:30 a.m. About 1,000 students attend the school Map of the area » Authorities sealed the town off and launched an intense manhunt for the gunman. Police said he is about 5’11, is 17 years old and is heavily armed. Watch more about the shootings » Security at German schools has been an issue in the past. In November 2006, an 18-year-old former student strapped explosives to his body and went on a rampage at a middle school in western Germany, shooting and wounding six people — most of them students — before killing himself.

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