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Emsdetten school shooting

Emsdetten is a town and a municipality in the district of Steinfurt, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated on the river Ems, approx. 13 km south-east of Rheine and 25 km north-west of Münster.

Emsdetten school shooting

On November 20, 2006, at about 9:30 AM local time, an armed and masked 18-year-old stormed his former high school in northwestern Germany, shooting five people and setting off smoke bombs before he was found dead, his body still rigged with explosives, police said.

In an Internet posting shortly before the attack, Bosse stated that he hated people and was taught to be a loser at this school. He also left a suicide note on his homepage http://www.stay-different.de (actually, the homepage is closed and looks like it is being forwarded to the police department website. But dont worry I'v the site's homepage's snapshot posted and you can see his address too). Read the Suicide note in German below.

Witnesses said the gunman had parked nearby and opened fire as soon as he entered the schoolyard, wounding several people and sending students running in all directions.

The first patrol car arrived at the Geschwister Scholl school in Emsdetten, near the Dutch border, six minutes after a distress call from a school secretary, prompting the attacker to set off several smoke bombs and withdraw to the second floor, said Hans Volkmann, a senior police officer.

Police searched the building room by room, evacuating terrified students. They found the assailant, identified as Sebastian Bosse by witnesses and German television, dead in a smoke-filled room.

Volkmann said officers could see two sawed-off guns lying near his body and a knife strapped to his leg. Homemade pipe bombs were lying nearby and the man appeared to be carrying other explosive devices on his body.

“He is still lying there because he’s wired up,” Volkmann said.

The man’s face was “unrecognizable” because of serious injuries but that it was not clear if he had shot himself or was killed by one of the bombs.

Police fired no shots, he said.

The man had indicated his plans on a website that carried pictures of him in military-style uniform and brandishing what appeared to be a submachine-gun. He also left a farewell note that “indicates something of his motive,” state prosecutor Wolfgang Schweer said.

“He seems to have been frustrated by a lack of meaning in his life,” Schweer said at a news conference. “It appears that he was a loner who decided on his own to do this.”

Three students aged 12 to 15, a female teacher and the janitor were shot. Several of the injuries were serious, but none was life-threatening.

Officials said 20 other people suffered smoke inhalation, most of them police officers.

Schweer said the man had been due to go trial on Tuesday for weapons offences after being caught with a loaded pistol several months earlier.

Students said the assailant was an aggressive and aloof individual who played violent computer games and had said he wanted to join the army.

Katja Weber, 17, said he always wore a black hat and coat.

“He was an absolute loner,” Weber told reporters outside the school. “Guns were his hobby.”

The incident brought back memories of a shooting rampage in the eastern German city of Erfurt in 2002, when a former student killed himself and 16 others, most of them teachers.
It was also similar to the shooting rampage at Montreal’s Dawson College earlier this year.

One student was killed and 20 others were injured in the Sept. 13 attack before the black-clad gunman, Kimveer Gill, 25, took his own life after being wounded by police.

Here is the suicide note in German.

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