Shooting in Germany: one dead and three injured, the shooter who committed suicide was an 18-year-old German

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The assailant, an 18-year-old German, committed suicide after entering an amphitheater at the University of Heidelberg. No letter of claim has been found for the moment

A man opened fire on Monday in an amphitheater at Germany’s oldest university in Heidelberg, killing a young woman and injuring three other people before committing suicide.

The attack occurred shortly after noon: a man entered, armed with a “long weapon”, in an amphitheater on the Neuenheimer Feld campus where a course was given and opened fire “around him”, visibly without a specific target, said Mannheim police spokesman Stefan Wilhelm. Four people were shot, including the young girl who later died of her injuries in hospital.

The attacker then walked outside the building and “committed suicide” on the campus, police said. The perpetrator of the attack was an 18-year-old German, the president of the local police said Monday evening.

“The weapons (that the shooter was carrying with him, editor’s note) were bought abroad”, added Siegfried Kollmar while the motivations of this man remain, according to the prosecution, yet to be determined.

Renowned university

According to the public channel Südwestrundfunk (SWR), after the attack, which occurred shortly after noon, the University of Heidelberg asked its students by email not to go to the campus in the Neuenheimer-Feld district.

The University of Heidelberg, founded in 1386, is the oldest university in Germany. This research institution is a state university, with a wide range of courses, from humanities to medicine, and is located in Baden-Württemberg (southwest), between Stuttgart and Frankfurt.

Significant resources were deployed after the attack at the University of Heidelberg.


The university’s motto is “Semper apertus” – “always open” – and the institution displays its desire to work in a spirit of openness and tolerance.

After several months of distance learning due to the pandemic, classes resumed face-to-face there in October, said a researcher working at this university. She said that checks were carried out at the entrance to the establishment, in particular the sanitary pass.

Strict arms control

German gun laws were tightened after two attacks on schools in Erfurt, in the east of the country, in April 2002, and Winnenden, in the south-west, in March 2009. used in these two cases had been previously declared.

Now the country has one of the strictest laws in Europe requiring anyone under the age of 25 to pass a psychiatric examination before applying for a gun license.

In 2016 in Munich, nine people were killed when the maniac David Ali Sonboly opened fire in a shopping center. At least 35 people were also injured in the attack, which began at a McDonald’s and ended when the shooter turned his 9mm Glock pistol on himself.

The Munich assault had sparked a heated debate in the country over whether to tighten gun laws again. Germany has also been affected in recent years by jihadist attacks and attacks by far-right militants.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz expressed his “dismay” after the shooting that took place Monday in an amphitheater at the University of Heidelberg which left one dead and three injured. “I am heartbroken to hear such news,” said the Social Democratic leader as a young woman succumbed to her injuries in hospital while three other people were injured by a gunman. later committed suicide on campus.

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