A student today opened fire during a lecture at Heidelberg university in Germany, killing a woman and injuring three other people, before shooting himself dead
A student today opened fire during a lecture at Heidelberg university in Germany, killing a woman and injuring three other people, before shooting himself dead.
The 18-year-old gunman was a biology student at the university, said Siegfried Kollmar, the regional chief of police.
The suspect, a German citizen with no known police record, sent a phone message to his father shortly before the shooting which mentioned that ‘people will be punished’, Mr Kollmar told reporters.
The precise motive for the attack was still being investigated, but the suspect was known to have suffered from a psychological illness in the past, he added.
The unidentified teen is believed to have been carrying several rifles in a backpack when he went on the rampage inside a lecture hall at the university in southwestern Germany.
Police vehicles are parked on the grounds of Heidelberg University in Heidelberg, Germany, on Monday following the shooting
Pictures showed police examining a shotgun at the scene with another weapon on the ground in front of them
Specialist SEK commando units and police officers swarmed Neuenheimer Feld, an area of the Heidelberg which consists mostly of university buildings.
Pictures showed police examining a shotgun at the scene with a backpack and another weapon on the ground in front of them.
Mr Kollmar said the shooter’s body was found outside by officers along with two firearms he had recently acquired abroad and about 100 rounds of ammunition.
Police identified the woman who was killed as a 23-year-old German. Those who suffered minor wounds were two German women and a German-Italian man.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz expressed dismay over the shooting and offered his condolences to relatives, victims and students.
‘It’s been reported that one student has died of her injuries,’ he said.’It tears my heart apart to learn of such news.’
Members of the SEK stand by a vehicle on the campus of Heidelberg Alma Ata University in Heidelberg on Monday
Police officers secure traces on the grounds of the Heidelberg University on Monday
The university’s natural science facilities and parts of the university hospital are mainly located at Neuenheimer Feld.
In a statement, Mannheim Police Department said: ‘Four people, some seriously injured, currently there is no longer any danger, the perpetrator is dead – it is assumed that the perpetrator was a lone wolf.’
‘The perpetrator himself is dead.Colleagues are still on site with strong forces – we will provide further information here!’
The police urged drivers to bypass Neuenheimer Feld so that rescue workers and emergency services could travel freely and respond to the shooting.
‘We are incredibly shocked.This is a catastrophe that eludes everything conceivable between lectures, exams and university life,’ Peter Abelmann, chairman of the student body at the university told Bild.
A man, armed with a long-barrelled gun, shot multiple people at the university in the town of Heidelberg, southwestern Germany , police said
A bullett is pictured at the crime scene on the campus of the University in Heidelberg
An armoured police vehicle is parked next to a police car at the University of Heidelberg campus after the attack
A member of the SEK stands by a vehicle on the campus of Heidelberg University in Heidelberg on Monday
The University of Heidelberg’s press office declined to give any details on the incident and referred all queries to police.
Germany’s Justice Minister Marco Buschmann said his thoughts were with the victims, as he thanked emergency services for their deployment.
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