A teenager in black combat gear went on a bloody rampage at his former school in Germany yesterday, slaying at least 15 people before dying in a shootout with police, officials said. Nine pupils, three teachers and three passers-by were among those killed in the shooting spree at the secondary school in Winnenden, said Heribert Rech, the interior minister of the southern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. After armed commandos with helicopters and dogs then launched a massive hunt for the 17-year-old gunman, police sources said that he was then killed in a fire-fight with police. German media reports said that he had shot himself dead in the car park of a nearby shopping center after kidnapping a man and his Volkswagen Sharan car and driven through a police barrier towards the motorway. "The gunman just sprayed bullets all around him," N-TV cited an unnamed witness as saying. A local radio journalist told the same channel that the ex-pupil had used a machine gun during his rampage. The Bild daily said on its website that police commandos had stormed the home of the teenager's parents, where 18 weapons were legally held. It was not immediately clear whether the gunman used any these guns in his attack. The picturesque town of Winnenden, which lies around 25km northeast of the city of Stuttgart in the southern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, has around 27,000 inhabitants. Germany has been scarred by a number of fatal attacks on schools or nurseries in recent years. In February 2002, a 22-year-old gunman killed the headmaster and seriously injured another person in a vocational training establishment he attended at Freising, near Munich. Two months later, 16 people were killed at a high-school in Erfurt in eastern Germany, by a 19-year-old former student, who then killed himself.