Winnenden School Shooter 'Gave Online Warning'
UPDATE: Police say they are "not 100% sure" whether the chatroom warning attributed to Tim Kretschmer is genuine.
Tim Kretschmer killed nine students and three students at the Albertville technical school as well as three others in the neighbouring town of Wendlingen. He went on to shoot himself after a confrontation with police. Most of the victims were female.
Baden-Wurttemberg's Interior Minister Heribert Reich said the teen had posted a warning on a German internet portal.
He said the message read: "I've had enough. I'm fed up with this horrid life... Always the same".
"People are laughing at me... No-one sees my potential... I am scared, I have weapons here, and I will go to my former school tomorrow and then I will really do a grilling."
The message then continued: "Possibly I get away, so keep your ears open, you will hear from me tomorrow. Just remember the name of the place, Winnenden."
Unfortunately the chatroom users did not take the threat seriously at the time, one of them replying with "LOL".
More details about Tim Kretschmer have emerged since Wednesday's shootings. Some of his former classmates described the trainee salesman as "unremarkable" and "reserved", however others said he was a loner. But none of this was enough to mark him out as a potential killer.
Kretschmer "grew up in a happy family and had a sister -- five years younger -- with whom he had a good relationship," Heribert Rech, interior minister of Baden-Wuerttemberg state, which includes Winnenden, told reporters.
Kretschmer "did not have many friends but did have a few ... and was interested in one particular girl," Rech said.
Questions have been raised about Tim Kretschmer's access to guns.
In Tim's village, Weiler am Stein, a community of 3,000 residents just 20 kilometers from Stuttgart, it was known that Tim's dad belonged to the local gun club. It was also known that he had 16 weapons legally stored in a safe in his house. Jörg K. had also built a firing range in the cellar, where he regularly trained. Tim himself reportedly had an arsenal of airguns in his bedroom.
During a police search of Tim's family home, officials took away a number of computers. According to the police spokesman Nikolaus Brenner, they contained violent video games. "It is unclear whether that signals a motive," he said.
"As far as I know, it is true about the weapons," Stefan, another former classmate, said. "But Tim didn't play more computer games or watch more television than me or any other of my friends."
So far, police are still scratching their heads about what exactly tipped Tim Kretschmer over the edge into this terrible act.