police say a 17-year-old gunman has been killed following a shooting spree that
began at a school near Stuttgart and left 15 other people dead.
Police say nine students and three teachers at the Albertville technical high school in the town of Winnenden are among the dead. A resident near the school and two others also were killed.
Earlier reports had put the number of victims at 16, but later called this an error.
Authorities say the shooter was a former student who was previously known to police.
In Berlin, Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced shock at the rampage, describing the killings as an "appalling crime." She called Wednesday "a day of mourning for the whole of Germany."
Police say the youth, dressed in black fatigues, entered a classroom at the school of 1,500 students Wednesday morning and opened fire.
Authorities say the suspect escaped the scene by car and was later killed by police in a nearby town.
Police closed all schools in the region and warned local residents to remain indoors as scores of helmeted police hunted for the gunman and helicopters circled the town.
Some information for this report was provided by AP