The 2010 Lörrach Hospital Shooting Rampage occurred on September 19th, 2010 in the small town of Lörrach, Germany near the Swiss border. Sabine Radmacher, a 41-year-old woman, smothered her 5 year old son and then shot and stabbed the boy’s father, her ex-partner. She then set fire to the flat, eventually causing an explosion. She crossed the street to St. Elisabethen Hospital, where she shot and stabbed one male nurse, killing him and severely injuring two passers-by and a police officer.
Soon after, the woman was fatally shot by special police units. The investigators established that the woman was a female lawyer who had killed her former common-law husband and their 5-year-old son in a nearby apartment block. She was a sporting markswoman and used a cal. 22 sporting gun.
The Background of Sabine Radmacher
In March 2009 a similar gun rampage had occurred in nearby Winnenden, when teenage gunman Tim Kretschmer killed 15 people and eventually himself at his former school in Winnenden, Stuttgart. The incident triggered off a debate in Germany on tougher gun ownership laws. On September 16th, 2010 – only two days before the latest rampage – the boy’s father had to appear in court on a charge of failure to securely store his gun.
The Shootings by Tim Kretschmer
The hospital rampage took place at around 18:00 local time at the Catholic St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Lörrach, a town close to the Swiss and French borders. A 41-year old armed lawyer entered the Gynaecology Ward and stabbed and shot a male nurse, killing him instantly. A police officer, who happened to be at the hospital, was also shot at and left in a critical condition. When the emergency services arrived 15 minutes later, police exchanged fire with the gunwoman and fatally shot her.
It was revealed by the police that Tim Kretschmer was believed to have been involved in an incident earlier on the same day in a nearby building. According to reports, she was seen leaving a burning apartment block opposite the hospital, with a gun in her hand, where two people had lost their lives in an explosion. The police announced that a child was among the two who had been killed.
It is believed that a custody battle was the motive for the rampage.
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