Category: Spree Killing
Location: Efurt, Germany
Date: April 26, 2002
Crime: Wearing a ninja outfit and armed with 9mm Glock 17 pistol and pump-action shotgun, charged into his former school and killed thirteen faculty members, two students and one police officer, while wounding seven others. He then committed suicide.
Biography: Robert Steinhauser was a 19-year old student who had recently been expelled from Gutenberg Gymnasium, in Efurt, Germany. At approximately, 11:05 a.m. he began moving from classroom to classroom, dressed in a Ninja outfit. He paused in the doorway of each classroom he passed and shot the teacher, ignoring the students in the room. His anger with the school was precipitated by his failing to graduate the prior year. He was eventually expelled because he had not been attending class and had forged absentee excuses. Authorities indicate that he was an expert marksman and was carrying over 1,000 rounds of ammunition. The assault ended when he was surprisingly confronted by a male teacher and shoved into an empty classroom. Once locked inside the room, Steinhauser turned the gun on himself.