|A shooting rampage at a high school in southern Germany has left 16 people dead, including the teenage gunman, in the country's worst such incident since 2002 [Reuters]
Schools, colleges and universities across the world have been the scenes of multiple shooting incidents in recent years:
April 7, 2011: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Wellington Menezes Oliveira, 24, opens fire inside the Tasso da Silveira school in Realengo, where he is believed to have been a former student, killing 12 people before taking his own life.
September 23, 2008: Kauhajoki, Finland
Matti Juhani Saari, 22, kills nine students and a teacher at the Kauhajoki School of Hospitality. He then shoots himself and dies later in hospital.
February 14, 2008: Illinois, US
Stephen Kazmierczak, 27, opens fire in a crowded lecture hall at Northern Illinois University, killing five students and injuring 18 others before committing suicide.
November 7, 2007: Tuusula, Finland
Pekka-Eric Auvinen, 18, kills seven fellow students and a teacher at Jokela High School before shooting himself.
April 16, 2007: Virginia, US
Cho Seung-hui, 23, fatally shoots 32 people at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, then kills himself in the deadliest gun rampage in the country's history.
November 20, 2006: Emsdetten, Germany
Sebastian Bosse, 18, an expelled student, kills 14 teachers, two students and a policeman during a gun rampage at Gutenberg School, his former high school, which ends with him taking his own life.
April 20, 1999: Colorado, US
Students Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, kill 12 students and a teacher, and wound 26 other people before taking their own lives, in a carefully planned attack on Columbine High School in Littleton, Denver.
March 13, 1996: Dunblane, Scotland
Thomas Hamilton, 43, kills 16 Kindergarten children and their teacher during a three-minute shooting spree in a primary school gymnasium before committing suicide.