|Erfurt school shooting|
|Date||Friday, April 26, 2002|
|Attack type||School shooting, mass murder, murder-suicide, massacre|
|Deaths||17 (including the perpetrator) |
The Erfurt school shooting was a school shooting that occurred on April 26, 2002 at the Johann Gutenberg Gymnasium in Erfurt, Germany. Erfurt (ˈɛɐ̯fʊɐ̯t is a City in central Germany. It is the Capital of the state of Thuringia with a population of 202619 (2006 Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany ( ˈbʊndəsʁepuˌbliːk ˈdɔʏtʃlant is a Country in Central Europe. Events 1467 - The miraculous image in Our Lady of Good Counsel appear in Genazzano, Italy. See also 2002 (disambiguation Year 2002 ( MMII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. School shooting is a term used to refer to Gun violence primarily in educational institutions especially the Mass murder or Spree killing of people connected This article deals with mass killings that are not considered Genocide. A murder-suicide is an act in which an individual kills one or more other persons immediately before or at the same time as killing him or herself Glock is the name of a family of Semi-automatic pistols designed and produced by the Austrian company Glock GmbH from Deutsch-Wagram, founded School shooting is a term used to refer to Gun violence primarily in educational institutions especially the Mass murder or Spree killing of people connected Events 1467 - The miraculous image in Our Lady of Good Counsel appear in Genazzano, Italy. See also 2002 (disambiguation Year 2002 ( MMII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. The Gutenberg-Gymnasium Erfurt is a gymnasium (secondary school located in Erfurt, Germany. Erfurt (ˈɛɐ̯fʊɐ̯t is a City in central Germany. It is the Capital of the state of Thuringia with a population of 202619 (2006 Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany ( ˈbʊndəsʁepuˌbliːk ˈdɔʏtʃlant is a Country in Central Europe. Sixteen people were killed before the perpetrator committed suicide. The victims comprised 13 school staff (12 teachers and one administrator), two students and one police officer. In addition, seven people were injured.
The perpetrator was Robert Steinhäuser, who had been expelled a few months prior to the shootings for missing lessons and forging excuse notes. Steinhäuser had covered up his expulsion from his family and would leave home everyday with his parents under the impression he was going to school. In the shooting he used a 9mm Glock 17 and had a pump-action shotgun strapped onto his back, but never used it. The 9x19mm Parabellum is a pistol cartridge introduced in 1902 by the German weapons manufacturer Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken (DWM for their Glock is the name of a family of Semi-automatic pistols designed and produced by the Austrian company Glock GmbH from Deutsch-Wagram, founded He had a license for both firearms. In all, 71 rounds were fired.
On the day of the shooting, Steinhäuser left home the same time he always did, and told his parents he had an exam. Steinhäuser got changed into a black ninja-style outfit in the lavatories of his school and started the shooting at approximately 11:00am. A toilet is a Plumbing fixture and disposal system primarily intended for the disposal of the bodily wastes: Urine and fecal matter.
He moved from classroom to classroom, pausing briefly each time in the doorway to shoot the teacher, then moving onto the next room. According to students, he ignored them and aimed only for the teachers, although two students were killed by shots fired through a locked door.
Five minutes after the shooting began, police arrived on the scene. Soon after, Steinhäuser aimed from a window and shot a police officer in the head, killing him instantly. Before his suicide, he was confronted by one of his teachers, Rainer Heise, who was said to have stopped Steinhäuser with the words, "Drück ab! Wenn du mich jetzt erschießt, dann guck mir in die Augen!" ("Pull the trigger! If you shoot me now, then look into my eyes!"), Steinhäuser is said to have pulled off his mask and answered, "Für heute reicht's, Herr Heise!" ("That's enough for today, Mr Heise!").
According to Mr Heise, he then talked to Steinhäuser for a short amount of time, luring him into the doorway of an empty room. When Steinhäuser was in the doorway, Heise pushed Steinhäuser into the room and quickly locked the door. Steinhäuser committed suicide shortly after and his body was found by police a few hours after the shooting. 
Steinhäuser's last words -- Für heute reicht's ("this is enough for today") -- was also the title of a very controversial book about the massacre written by Ines Geipel, who alleged that there were several mistakes made by the police on the case.
Heise was considered to be a hero by some for locking Steinhäuser in a room and stopping the killing, but later began to receive some backlash from the public. 
Since the incident there have always been rumors about a second shooter, who some witnesses believed they had seen. However, in April 2004 the Gasser Commission, which was convoked by the Thuringian administration, excluded an accomplice, but not an accessory. At law an accomplice is a person who actively participates in the commission of a Crime, even though they take no part in the actual Criminal offence. An accessory is a person who assists in the commission of a Crime, but who does not actually participate in the commission of the crime as a joint principal
In early 2004 a person on the Internet had maintained to be a friend of Steinhäuser's and to have known about his plans before the massacre. On the 5th of July 2005 this person, a 36 year old, was convicted of pretense of a crime and condemned to a fine, as in fact, he did not know anything at all.