BRUSSELS, March 11 (Xinhua) -- European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said on Wednesday that he and the Commission were appalled by the school shooting in Germany.
"We are appalled and saddened by the senseless violence that cut short so many lives and injured and traumatized many others," Barroso said in a statement.
A 17-year-old boy shot and killed at least 15 people in his former school in Winnenden, Germany before taking his own life on Wednesday.
"On my own behalf and that of the European Commission, I offer my deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the school killing of Winnenden," said Barroso.
European Parliament President Hans-Gert Potterin, who is German, said he was horrified by the crime.
"It is with great sorrow that we have learnt of the dramatic events in Winnenden in Baden-Wurttemberg, where 15 people have lost their lives under the most tragic circumstances at the Alberville secondary school," said Pottering, who was attending a plenary session of the parliament in Strasbourg, France.
"All of us are horrified. We are speechless and in deep shock."