Germany university shooting: Gunman who killed one in lecture hall shooting spree was 18-year-old student

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An 18-year-old biology student opened fire in a lecture hall at Heidelberg University in Germany on Monday, fatally wounding another student and injuring three others before shooting himself dead.

Mannheim police chief Siegfried Kollmar said the gunman had been found with 100 spare bullets in his backpack and it was not clear why he had stopped shooting, but officers were confident he had been acting alone.

The gunman fired shots "wildly" around the amphitheatre, a police spokesman told the AFP news agency. It is believed to have been an organic chemistry class for bioscience students and that the shooter was enrolled in the class.

Police have searched his home in Mannheim, in southwestern Germany, but it was too early to detect a motive, a state prosecutor told the same news conference.

Police enter a building of the University in Heidelberg, southwestern Germany, in which allegedly a man perpetrated an attack on January 24, 2022. - A gunman stormed a lecture hall at Heidelberg University in southwestern Germany, killing a young woman and injuring three others before fleeing the scene and turning the weapon on himself. The man fired shots
A gunman stormed a lecture hall at Heidelberg University in southwestern Germany. (Photo by DANIEL ROLAND/AFP via Getty Images)
HEIDELBERG, GERMANY - JANUARY 24: Police stand outside a building of Heidelberg University following a shooting that left the attacker dead, one victim dead and three others wounded on January 24, 2022 in Heidelberg, Germany. According to initial reports the shooting took place in a lecture hall. Police do not suspect there was more than one attacker. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
The shooting took place during an organic chemistry class for bioscience students. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

The shooter had bought two guns - including a double-barrelled shotgun - abroad but did not have a license, Kollmar said.

"The suspect had no driving license. The suspect had no gun license. This makes him a very unusual case," Kollmar said, confirming he was a student.

The prosecutor said the suspect had no previous criminal record in Germany.

One of the four German students wounded in the attack, which occurred around midday, was a 23-year-old woman who died of her injuries, the interior minister of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg Thomas Strobl told the news conference.

A backpack and the crime weapon lies on the ground at the crime scene on the campus of the University in Heidelberg, southwestern Germany, after an attack by a lone perpetrator on January 24, 2022. - A gunman injured several people in a shooting inside a lecture hall at Heidelberg University, police said, adding that the perpetrator was now dead. (Photo by Daniel ROLAND / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL ROLAND/AFP via Getty Images)
A backpack and the crime weapon lies on the ground at the scene (AFP via Getty Images)

The three other victims suffered minor injuries, Stobl said.

The police chief said 29 witnesses in the lecture hall had told officers "only one person went in, shot and went out, and no one else was seen."

A police spokesman told Reuters earlier on Monday the gunman fled the lecture hall before turning his gun on himself.

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

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