One day after that terrible shooting in Alabama, where a gunman shot dead 10 people then killed himself, a 17 year-old German man went on a rampage at his former high school in Winnenden today.
He entered the school at about 09:30 local time, dressed in black combat gear and opened fire at random.
Fifteen people have been killed, nine students and three teachers at the Albertville secondary school in Winnenden, north of Stuttgart, sources say.
He fled in a stolen car first, but was shortly later killed in a shoot-out with police.
This is the worst school shooting in Germany in seven years. In April 2002 a gunman killed 17 people, including himself, at a high school in the eastern city of Erfurt.