German teen killer did it 'for fun': hostage

19th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

The man taken hostage by 17-year-old Tim Kretschmer whose shooting spree left 15 dead said the teenager had told him it was 'for fun'.

BERLIN – The man taken hostage by German gunman Tim Kretschmer last week broke his silence on Wednesday, telling a magazine that the teenager had told him it was "for fun" and wanted to find another school.

Igor Wolf, hijacked by the 17-year-old and forced to drive 40 kilometres (25 miles) with a gun in his back, asked him: "Why are you doing this shit?"

"Because it is fun. Because I find it fun," the gunman replied, according to an interview with Wolf to appear in Thursday's edition of Stern magazine.

During the trip, Kretschmer also asked Wolf: "Do you think we could find another school?"

He had just killed eight girls, one boy and three teachers at the Albertville secondary school in Winnenden, southern Germany.

Not knowing the exact death toll, Kretschmer told his driver: "I have already killed 15 people in my old school and I'm not done yet today."

A chilling prediction: he later killed three more innocent passers-by before turning the gun on himself after a shoot-out with police.

At certain points of the two-hour ordeal, Wolf considered escaping but was worried Kretschmer would kill several more people.

At one town, "we stopped at traffic lights. I thought about just tearing the door open and running away. But there were other people going about their business. A woman with a pram, other children. What do you think he would have done if I had run away?"

Wolf said he was waiting for his wife on the street when the gunman yanked open the back door of his Volkswagen, jumped into the back, shoved his nine millimetre Beretta in his face and said: "Drive. Quickly."

The drive came to an end when Wolf deliberately crashed the car and fled with the keys, forcing Kretschmer to continue on foot.

One week after the killings, the small town of Winnenden is still grieving. Survivors of the bloodbath held a minute's silence outside the flower-strewn school earlier Wednesday to honour their dead schoolmates.

The parliament of Baden-Wurttemberg state, where the tragedy took place, also observed the silence, as did all other schools in the state.

A memorial service attended by Chancellor Angela Merkel is scheduled for Saturday. Around 30,000 people are expected to attend, and Merkel is due to meet behind closed doors with the victims' families.

AFP / Expatica

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