German school shooter was, of course, a Counter-Strike Player

Thursday, 12th March 2009 15:00 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


A German teenager who killed 16 people in a shooting rampage was a Counter-Strike fan, according to reports.

An acquaintance of Tim Kretschmer has said the two of them would play Counter-Strike together in person and online.

Speaking with the Associated Press, the unidentified teen said that Tim was a quiet, reserved person who “was good” at the game.

Tim was also a very good physical shot, who used to target practice behind the house and shoot plastic balls with an air rifle. Six hunting rifles in his home were under lock and key, but the 9mm Beretta he used on the victims was kept in a bedside drawer.

He was also reportedly depressed, and, according to another acquaintance, had sent a letter to his parents a few weeks prior to the event saying he was “suffering@ and couldn’t “go on”.

German political officials have been discussing violence in games a lot lately, and the Counter-Strike bit will certainly add to it.

Counter-Strike made similar headlines two years ago when press focused on the VA Tech shooter being a fan of the game.



  1. lelik

    i bet he never saw any violence on tv or in a movie in his life though. RIGHT GUYS?!!

    #1 6 years ago

    Such a tragedy.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Bagpuss-RoXx

    Well you only have to play CS for 10 minutes to realise what a bunch of obsessive nut jobs most of them are…and yes they are mostly 14-18yr old nerds/geeks with no social skills.

    But that doesn’t translate into them being nut job murderers….its what happens to them in the real world, that does that to them.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. No_PUDding

    Pretty much what he said ^

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Gekidami

    See what happens when you use the same engine over and over again Valve; people get so use to it they cant tell the difference between game and real life… Oh and it makes you look like lazy asses…

    #5 6 years ago
  6. wz

    Why “of course”?

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Doomsayer

    Its really sad what happended there but it makes me rally angry how german politicans always point at computer games instead of our social problems. At least this time they said that he was not a hardcore gamer and also did not spend much time with games.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Yoshi

    lol stupid germans they never learn.
    Plus everyone whos pissed at them sayin about computer games, (dont get me wrong i am too) we just guna have to get used to it lol, they will most likely always blame it on videogames, its the easiest thing to blame it on and its not like the videogame industry can think of anything to make themselves look better, videogames will always have violence and if some idiot is guna go out and start using guns becos he saw a gun in a game he liked then he needs help and its most likely hes whole social life thats fucked up, and all that is totally out of the videogame industries control. There will always be some idiot who thinks he can jump better than mario.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. scuz

    oh lawdy

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Stephany Nunneley

    @ WZ

    “Of Course” because it always stands to reason that any game a nutter like this plays will be brought to the media’s attention as one of the direct causes of his violent behavior.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. TheDifficult3rdAlbum

    I vaguely remember a story last year about a guy who got expelled from his school in the US because he built a MOD level in Counter Strike based on the actual layout of his high school.

    They said he was a threat because he could be “training himself” to carry out this kind of gun attack :/

    #11 6 years ago
  12. mightyhokie

    yeah, it had to be the video games.

    It couldn’t be because of lack of parenting, blind eyes from the school, or the fact that the kid could be crazy or evil or both.

    yeah, it had to be the video games. actually, i blame ozzy’s ‘suicide solution’ from blizzard of ozz, or judas priest’s ‘better than you better than me’, or even weird al’s ‘eat it’…maybe he had an eating disorder.

    wtf? what ever happened to personal responsibility?

    #12 6 years ago
  13. mightyhokie

    and, btw, if you don’t think i understand the seriousness and tragedy of school shootings, google ‘hokie + school shooting’.

    #13 6 years ago

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