German wounds 5, kills self in school

November 21, 2006|By Los Angeles Times

BERLIN -- An 18-year-old loner wearing an explosives belt and firing guns stormed his old junior high school yesterday in western Germany, shooting four students and a janitor before killing himself as police surrounded the building.

The man, identified only as Sebastian B., rushed the Geschwister-Scholl school in Emsdetten about 9:30 a.m. with pistols, rifles and smoke canisters.

Police said he slightly wounded four students and critically injured a janitor. A teacher, five pupils and 16 police officers were treated for smoke inhalation.

Authorities said the gunman posted a farewell on his Web site and a picture of himself dressed in fatigues, his face smeared with camouflage paint.

"The only thing I learned intensively at school was that I'm a loser," Sebastian B. wrote, according to police, who removed the letter from the Internet. "I loathe people ... I am gone."

It was unclear, authorities said, whether he shot himself or died when he detonated an explosive. Bomb experts spent hours removing weapons and explosives from around his body, fearing they might be booby-trapped. Police said the assailant had been due to appear in court today on gun-related charges.

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