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Mar 13,2009
School shooter didn't post warning
by UPI

STUTTGART, Germany -- German police said Friday there is no indication that the teenager who went on a killing rampage at a high school posted a warning before the attack.

Police spokesman Nikolaus Brenner reversed an initial report that a purported warning of the incident posted to a chat room had originated on the personal computer of the shooter, Tim Kretschmer, The New York Times reports.

Kretschmer, 17, killed 12 people at a high school in Wittenden along with an employee of a clinic and two people at a Volkswagen dealership Wednesday before turning the gun on himself.

Police said the teen had broken off a round of counseling for depression last year.

A search of his bedroom turned up violent computer games plus brutal videos and play weapons, said a spokesman for the Stuttgart prosecutor's office.

Kretschmer's parents could face criminal charges under German law for failing to secure the pistol their son used in the shootings, the Times said.

Copyright © 2009, by United Press International. All Rights Reserved.

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