FRANKFURT: An attacker clad all in black stormed into a high school in southwestern Germany on Wednesday morning and shot and killed at least 15 people, according to news reports citing the local police department.

Several more people were wounded in the attack at the Albertville technical high school in Winnenden, on the outskirts of Stuttgart.

Several hours after the attack, German news reports said, the attacker hijacked a car and died after a shoot-out with police in the town of Wendlingen, 25 miles, or 40 kilometers, away, where two passers-by were also killed. Two police officers were wounded in the shooting and the total number of fatalities could reach 16, including the attacker, the reports said, quoting the police.