One dead and three injured after shooting in German university lecture hall

24 January 2022, 13:39 | Updated: 24 January 2022, 20:51

Police enter the building at the University of Heidelberg, where the shootings took place
Police enter the building at the University of Heidelberg, where the shootings took place. Picture: Alamy

By Daisy Stephens

A person has died and three people have been injured after a shooting in a university lecture hall in Germany.

The gunman - an 18-year-old German student - entered the lecture hall at Heidelberg University armed with two guns and opened fire.

In a statement posted to Twitter, the police said there was a large-scale operation in the Neuenheimer Feld area of the city.

It also confirmed the gunman had died, with local reports saying he had turned the gun on himself.

The force said: "This is known so far: A single perpetrator injured several people in a lecture hall with a long gun.

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"The perpetrator himself is dead."

German media reported there was no obvious religious or political motive, but there were WhatsApp messages from him where he spoke of punishing people.

Police examine a weapon at the scene
Police examine a weapon at the scene. Picture: Alamy

Police were called at 1.50pm local time.

They originally said four people had been wounded, before later confirming one of the victims had died in hospital.

The campus was evacuated as a result of the attack.

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Neuenheimer Feld is the home of the University of Heidelberg as well as the University Hospital Heidelberg, the German Cancer Research Centre and the Max Planck Society, a collection of research centres.

The country's gun laws are some of the strictest in Europe, with all under 25s required to pass a psychological evaluation before getting a gun licence.

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