One Killed, Three Injured in Shooting at Heidelberg University in Germany

An 18-year-old man killed one woman and injured three others when he opened fire in a packed lecture hall at Heidelberg University in southwestern Germany on Jan. 24, police said.

The attacker, who was a student at the university, entered the lecture hall filled with 30 students at around 12: 30 p.m. local time and opened fire, injuring four students.

One of the four students, a 23-year-old woman, was shot in the head and died in the hospital hours later.

Police said the attacker fled the scene after firing several shots then killed himself.

Police found the attacker’s body at around 12:51 p.m. and secured the two rifles he had with him.

Police also found around 100 rounds of ammunition in the attacker’s backpack.

According to the police, the gunman acted alone.

Heidelberg Chief Prosecutor Andreas Herrgen said that the attacker — whose name has not been disclosed — was unknown to authorities prior to the shooting.

Herrgen added that the attacker did not have a firearms license and appeared to have purchased the firearms abroad a few days before the crime.

Mannheim Police Chief Siegfried Kollmar said that the attacker lived in Mannheim and had announced his plan to another person in a WhatsApp message before the attack.

According to Kollmar, the attacker said that “people should be punished” and that he wanted to be buried at sea rather than at a cemetery.

The motive for the shooting remains unclear as the investigation continues, police said.

The university confirmed that no foreign student was affected by the attack.


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