German school gunman had announced plans in advance

March 12th, 2009 - 7:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Winnenden (Germany), March 12 (DPA) The German teenager who shot dead 15 people in a school massacre revealed his intentions on the Internet hours before the killings, officials said Thursday.
The youth had been undergoing psychiatric treatment for depression, said Heribert Rech, interior minister for the southwest state of Baden-Wuerrtemberg where Wednesday’s massacre took place.

The minister said investigations had shown the 17-year-old said in an Internet chatroom early Wednesday that he planned to “fry” pupils of his former school because they did not take him seriously.

The suspect, identified as Tim Kretschmer, strolled into the Albertville school in the small town of Winnenden Wednesday morning and shot dead nine students and three teachers. He then fled, killing three other people before apparently killing himself 40 km away during a gunfight with police.

Police said he fired 60 shots in the school from a pistol that he stole from his father and another 44 shots after he fled the scene.

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