Four injured, gunman dead, after shooting at Heidelberg University in Germany-UPDATED

Four injured, gunman dead, after shooting at Heidelberg University in Germany-UPDATED
# 24 January 2022 20:02 (UTC +04:00)

German police said on Monday a lone gunman wounded four people in an attack in a lecture hall in the southwestern university town of Heidelberg before shooting himself dead, APA reports citing Reuters.

In a tweet, police said: "Four people injured, some seriously, currently no more danger, perpetrator dead - single perpetrator assumed."

A police spokesman told Reuters the gunman fled the lecture hall before turning his gun on himself. He added that the man's motive was unclear. Mass-selling newspaper Bild reported that the gunman was a student.

Earlier, police said a large deployment of police and emergency services was on the scene at the Neuenheimer Feld area of the town, which is home to university facilities.

Founded in 1386, Heidelberg is Germany's oldest university.

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A lone gunman wounded several people at a lecture theater in the southwestern German city of Heidelberg on Monday, police said, APA reports citing Independent.

Police said in a brief statement that the perpetrator was dead, but didn't give details of how that happened. They had earlier asked people on Twitter to avoid the Neuenheimer Feld area of Heidelberg, where the city’s university campus is located.

Police didn't specify how many people were wounded, or how seriously. The university’s press office declined to give any details on the shooting and referred all inquiries to police.

Police said the weapon used in the shooting was a long-barreled firearm.

Heidelberg is located south of Frankfurt and has about 160,000 inhabitants. Its university is one of Germany's best-known.