LAST night the names of the victims of Robert Steinhäuser began to emerge from Erfurt as mourners placed bouquets and tributes at the gates of Johann Gutenburg Gymnasium.
"GO AHEAD and shoot me," the teacher said to the gunman, but somehow Robert Steinhäuser’s reserves of hatred had run out. The 19-year-old’s shoulders drooped, he lowered his pistol and said: ‘‘That’s it for today.’’
A TERRIBLE coldness and a hunger for everlasting infamy drew Robert Steinhäuser to murder 16 people and take his own life in the Erfurt school massacre.
TONY Blair has ordered a crackdown on powerful airguns which can be converted to fire bullets.
THE death toll in yesterday’s killings overtook that in the most horrific school massacre in the US - the murder of 12 students and a teacher at Columbine High School in April 1999 by two teenage gunmen who then killed themselves. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were described methodically picking off the victims as they cowered under desks, dropping home-made bombs in their wake in a school library in the Denver suburb of Littleton, Colorado.