Massacre at Erfurt

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A student who escaped is carried away by rescue workers

The killer wore black. "He was like a ghost," recalled Julianna Blank, a 15-year-old student. "He had black clothes, a black hat and black gloves." He was also armed with a pistol and a pump-action shotgun, and he moved methodically through the Johann Gutenberg High School in Erfurt in pursuit of his victims. By the time his two-hour rampage was over, the gunman had killed 16 people and then turned his pistol on himself. After Germany's worst shooting incident since the end of World War II, politicians, parents and pundits were asking last week how a mass murder could happen in...

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