Heidelberg shooting – Female student killed & 3 injured after killer opens fire at uni before turning shotgun on himself

A FEMALE student in Germany was killed and three others were wounded after a lone gunman opened fire in a lecture hall.

The shooting happened at the University of Heidelberg in Germany and the gunman then fled before he turned the shotgun on himself.

Mannheim police said the horror unfolded at just before 2pm local time.

They say the man, who was carrying what they described as a “long gun”, was acting alone.

He burst into a lecture hall at the university and, after opening fire, fled outside the university building and killed himself, a police spokesperson confirmed.

One of the victims, who was shot in the head, has died fro, their injuries, Bild reports.

According to initial findings, the suspect had no political or religious motives.  

He was reported to be a student himself and carried several rifles with him, the DPA news agency said.

The suspect had two long guns with him, said Siegfried Kollmar, president of the Mannheim police headquarters, at a press conference in Mannheim – where the suspect lived.

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It's understood the German had bought the weapons abroad.

When the perpetrator entered the lecture hall, it's reported he was carrying a light-coloured backpack containing the weapons and ammunition.  

Reinforcements were sent to the scene and a large operation got underway in the town in southwestern Germany.

In an initial statement Mannheim police said: "Large-scale deployment. Multiple injuries.

"Police and rescue workers with strong forces on site.A single perpetrator injured several people in a lecture hall with a long gun."

Later the force added: "The perpetrator himself is dead. Colleagues are still on site with strong forces – we will provide further information here."

Baden-Württemberg's Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann expressed his deep shock and promised a quick clarification of the crime.

"My thoughts are with the families and their relatives," he said.

"We are at your side."  

Minister of the Interior Thomas Strobl (CDU) added: "For the injured and those involved, including those who were in the tutorial, I hope for a speedy recovery in body and soul."

He said it was an "appallingly stressful situation". 

The incident took place at the Neuenheimer Feld, where the natural science faculties and parts of the university hospital of Heidelberg University are located.

The university was founded in 1836 and is one of Germany's best-known.

Heidelberg is a picturesque university town in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, home to a population of around 160,000 people.

Germany has been hit in recent years by a spate of attacks, mostly perpetrated by jihadists or far-right militants.

School shootings however are relatively rare in Germany, a country with some of the strictest gun laws in Europe.

In 2009, a former pupil killed nine students, three teachers and three passers-byat Winnenden, also in Baden-Wuerttemberg before also killing himself.

In 2002, a 19-year-old former student, apparently in revenge for having been expelled, gunned down 12 teachers and two students at a school in Erfurt.

He too then killed himself.

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