Shooting in a German university: the shooter was an 18-year-old German
Sylvie Claire / January 25, 2022
The perpetrator of a shooting Monday in a lecture hall at Heidelberg University that killed a young woman and wounded three others was an 18-year-old German science student, the local police president said.
The weapons (that the shooter carried with him, editor's note) were purchased abroad, added Siegfried Kollmar while the motivations of this man remain, according to the prosecutor, still to be determined. However, the investigators warned at a press conference that initial indications showed that he was suffering from a long-standing psychological illness.
The young man, a science student at the university, who committed suicide after his crime in the middle of the day, had opened fire around him, according to a spokesman for the Mannheim police, while a course was being held at the university, the oldest in Germany. Investigators found in his backpack more than a hundred rounds of ammunition and the shooter did not have a gun permit, according to Kollmar, who stressed that he had acted alone and was not previously known to police. According to investigators, he sent a message on Whatsapp just before the shooting stating, people must be punished now, also expressing his wish for a funeral at sea, the police chief added. In Berlin Chancellor Olaf Scholz expressed his dismay after the shooting.