Category: Spree Killing
Location: Winnenden, Germany
Date: March 11, 2009
Crime: A year after graduating from 'Albertville' secondary school, Kretschmer entered the school with a 9mm Beretta semi-automatic pistol and fired more than 60 rounds killing many students and teachers. He then fled the school, hijacked a car and ended up in a shootout in nearby Wendlingen. The result of this killing was 15 dead and 9 injured before the perpetrator shot himself in the head.
Biography: Timothy Kretschmer was a 17-year old student with poor grades and anger management issues. Those that knew him described 'a lonely and frustrated young man who felt rejected by society'. Kretschmer had once harbored dreams of becoming a professional table tennis player, but according to his coach, had a very difficult time controlling his temper and even more so, accepting defeat. His matches were marred by temper tantrums and yelling at the opponent. In 2008, he spent time in a clinic being treated for clinical depression, however, never continued his treatment on an out-patient basis. Then, two days prior to the attack, posted to a website that he was 'gonna kill some faggots at my old school. Watch the news from Germany.' No one who read the thread alerted authorities and in fact, many replied to his posting with encouraging epithets and goading him into beating previous death tolls from know school shootings.