From Diana Magnay and Fred Pleitgen
BERLIN, Germany (CNN) — A teenage student wielding an ax and two Molotov cocktails attacked several children at his school in southern Germany on Thursday, wounding nine before he was arrested, police said.
Two children were seriously wounded, as was the attacker, who was shot by police when they tried to arrest him, police spokeswoman Eike Schoenwald told CNN. Seven other children were slightly wounded, she said.
The 19-year-old male student, whose name was not released, launched the attack at 8:35 a.m. (2:35 a.m. ET) at the Gymnasium Carolinum (located at Reuterstr. 9) in Ansbach, which is midway between Frankfurt and Munich, said Ralf Koch, a spokesman for the Bavarian police.
Between 600 and 700 students attend the school, which includes grades seven through 13.
The attacker managed to set off one of the Molotov cocktails, but that did not lead to larger fire damage in the school building, police spokesman Peter Grimm told CNN.
Police who rushed to the scene shot the teenager several times, Grimm said. He suffered life-threatening wounds and is now being treated at a hospital, Grimm said.