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Two Shootings Sprees in 24 Hours

John on March 11, 2009 at 11:22 am

The first took place yesterday in Alabama:

Police say Michael McLendon of Kinston went on a two county rampage before turning the gun on himself…The death toll now stands at 12, including the gunman. Others citizens and law enforcment officers were wounded as McClendon drove though town firing shots at anyone in his path.

The man’s shooting spree covered two counties (Coffee and Geneva) and targeted people in the town of Kinston and the cities of Samson and Geneva in extreme southeast Alabama.

Victim identities and a motive remain unknown. Preachers confirmed that several other victims of the gunman were related to him including McLendon’s grandparents, an aunt and an uncle. Investigators tell WSFA 12 News the victims ranged in age from 18 months to 74-years-old.

Then, just this morning, a teenager went on a shooting spree in a school outside Stuttgart, Germany:

The killer – reported to be a 17-year-old former pupil identified as Tim Kretschmer – struck in the idyllic historical town of Winnenden in the Rems-Murr district.

Witnesses described a young person wearing black combat gear storming the Albertville School at 10am.

Without a word, he opened fire in corridors and rooms. Eleven people have been reported to have been killed, with several more injured. Police confirmed a death toll of 15 – previously mistakenly put at 16 – and said there had been “numerous wounded”.

The latter shooter is going to turn out to be another Columbine influenced gunman from the sound of it. What a horrible waste.

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