The 17-year-old, named locally as Tim Kretschmer, was dressed in black combat fatigues. He killed nine children and three teachers when he targeted a particular classroom at the secondary school.
A gardener at a nearby psychiatric clinic was shot as the masked teenager fled the Albertville Realschule in the picturesque town of Winnenden, then he hijacked a car, telling the shocked driver "get me out of town".
After allowing his hostage to get out of the VW Sharan on an autobahn, the killer, drove 25 miles to Wendlingen.
There he staged a last stand in the car park of a supermarket, where two passers-by were shot. The gunman was finally killed in a shoot-out with police at 12.30pm (11.30GMT) on Wednesday.
Police sources said the gunman, who left the school last year, was previously known to them, having reportedly had a long history of troublemaking.
The massacre began
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