Heidelberg University Shooting: In the rampage at the University of Heidelberg, an 18-year-old shot a student, and three other people were injured. His weapons came from abroad.
Horror in Heidelberg: A gunman killed a woman and seriously injured three other people on the grounds of the university medical center. He then killed himself.
What do we know so far?
- During a shooting spree during an ongoing lecture at the University of Heidelberg, an 18-year-old shot and injured four people, some seriously.
- One of the victims, a 23-year-old student, succumbed to her injuries in hospital.
- According to the police, the alleged perpetrator shot himself after the crime.
- The alleged shooter is said to have acquired the weapons abroad – he did not have a weapons license.
- He had no criminal record – his motive is unclear.
According to the police, the gunman from Heidelberg is an 18-year-old student at the university who lived in Mannheim. During his killing spree, he shot around, seriously injuring four people in a lecture hall. One of the victims – a 23-year-old student – later died in hospital, Mannheim Police Commissioner Siegfried Kollmar said at a press conference.
The 18-year-old alleged perpetrator ran out of the building after the crime and then shot himself. The motive is still unclear.
On the Heidelberg university campus, a gunman killed a person and himself. ZDF correspondent Anton Jany reports which details are known so far.
Long guns acquired from abroad – without a gun license
The young man had two long guns with him that he had recently acquired abroad: a side-by-side shotgun and a bolt-action rifle. According to senior public prosecutor Andreas Herrgen, neither the alleged perpetrator nor his relatives had a gun license. The young man also had no criminal record.
The police found a backpack with more than 100 rounds of ammunition on the dead 18-year-old, which was lying next to his body – so he could have reloaded, according to police chief Kollmar.
WhatsApp message: Burial at sea desired
Before the crime, the 18-year-old wrote a WhatsApp message that people had to be punished and that he didn’t want to be buried, but wanted a burial at sea. According to Kollmar, he did not name anyone in the message. There are also indications that he has had mental problems in the past – but that has to be checked first.
In a lecture hall, a suspected gunman shot several people, one of whom died. The perpetrator himself is also dead.
Police “with strong forces on-site”
The campus in the Neuenheim district on the northern bank of the Neckar is primarily home to the university’s natural science faculties, parts of the university hospital, and the botanical garden. The police announced that they were still “on-site with strong forces” – around 400 officers, said police chief Kollmar.
Motorists were asked to drive around the district so that rescue and emergency services could travel freely.
Student body “shocked”
University students are stunned. “We are infinitely shocked. This is a catastrophe that eludes everything conceivable between lectures, exams, and university life,” said Peter Abelmann, chairman of the student body, on Monday.
The President of the Conference of Ministers of Education (KMK) and deputy CDU leader, Karin Prien, was deeply affected.
“My thoughts are with the relatives of the victims, the students and teachers, and university members of the medical faculty of the University of Heidelberg.”
Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) expressed his condolences to the relatives, the victims, and the students of Heidelberg University.
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