German Gunman Targeted Women

Most of the 15 dead in the school shooting in Winnenden were women. What does that mean?

The small German town of Winnenden is reeling from a horrific school shooting spree that left 15 people dead Wednesday.

Almost all of the victims were female. Eight of the nine students killed were girls, and the three teachers shot by Tim Kretschmer were all women. Seven other women are recovering from serious injuries at a nearby hospital.

Officials have refused to speculate about why the gunman singled out women. But as Heribert Rech, interior minister for the Baden-Wuerttemberg region, said at a news conference. "It is noteworthy that primarily girls were killed -- eight girls and one boy. The teachers killed were women."

As his victims lay wounded on the floor, Kretschmer screamed: "Are you not all dead yet?"

Tana Ganeva is an assistant editor at AlterNet.
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