One person killed and three wounded in lecture hall shooting in Heidelberg
The lone gunman has since died.
A young woman has died and three more were wounded during a shooting in a lecture hall in Heidelberg in Germany on Monday (24 January).
The shooting occurred at 12.30pm local time near the Neuenheimer Feld area.
The lone gunman, entered the lecture hall and fired at the class, before fleeing and turning the gun on himself.
German police urged the public at the time to stay away from Neuenheimer Feld area, but have since confirmed there was no longer any danger.
UPDATE 2 #Heidelberg, #NeuenheimerFeld: Vier Personen, z.T. schwer verletzt, aktuell besteht keine Gefahr mehr, Täter tot - es wird von Einzeltäter ausgegangen.
Bürgertelefon 0621/174-5055 für Angehörige eingerichtet! pic.twitter.com/t7DPvAPzuh
— Polizei Mannheim (@PolizeiMannheim) January 24, 2022
"Four persons, some seriously injured, currently no longer in danger, perpetrator dead - single perpetrator assumed," police wrote.
The police is planning on holding a press conference at 7pm local time to discuss the incident.
Tributes have poured in around Germany to the young woman who was killed in the attack.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz expressed "dismay" over the shooting.
Lord Mayor of Heidelberg Eckart Würzner described the attack as "appalling".
Zu der entsetzlichen Gewalttat heute an der Uni im Neuenheimer Feld in erklärt Oberbürgermeister Eckart Würzner: "Wir alle sind schockiert und entsetzt über den Amoklauf, der sich heute im Neuenheimer Feld abgespielt hat. (1/3)
— Stadt Heidelberg (@heidelberg_de) January 24, 2022
"We are all shocked and horrified by the killing spree that took place today in Neuenheimer Feld," he said.
"The heart of Heidelberg, the city of science, beats on this campus. People from all over the world study, research and work there on solutions for a better future.
"The fact that a perpetrator of violence intrudes into this world and seriously injures people leaves me and our entire urban society stunned.
"I thank all the emergency services for their quick action.
"Our thoughts are with the families of the victims."
German Ambassador to the US Emily Haber said "I am horrified by the shooting at Heidelberg university.
"My thoughts are with the victims, their families and loved ones."
— Emily Haber (@GermanAmbUSA) January 24, 2022
The incident in Heidelberg is the first school shooting in Germany since 2009, when 16 people died at the Albertville-Realschule, including the perpetrator.
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