Lone Gunman at German University Identified by Authorities as 18-Year-Old Biology Student

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German police car - Sputnik International, 1920, 24.01.2022
On Monday, a lone gunman opened fire in a lecture hall at the University in Heidelberg in Germany, wounding three and killing one, before fatally shooting himself. Authorities have identified the assailant as an 18-year-old biology student at the school.
The attacker had purchased two guns abroad, according to Mannheim police chief Siegfried Kollmar, who added that he could not say in which country the firearms were purchased, as it could impede the ongoing investigation.
The shooter, who reportedly used a rifle to carry out the attack, had no previous criminal record.
Authorities have ruled out a political or religious motivation for the shooting. Police have searched the assailant’s residence in the nearby city of Mannheim, but a motive has yet to be determined.
The shooting occurred around midday in Heidelberg. Four individuals were wounded and one later died from her injuries, according to the interior minister of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg Thomas Strobl.
German police car  - Sputnik International, 1920, 24.01.2022
What is Known so Far About Deadly Shooting Incident in Heidelberg, Germany?
In the past 100 years there have been six school shootings in Germany - the last of which occurred at a secondary school in 2009.
Heidelberg University, established in 1386, is the oldest university in Germany, and one of the most prestigious universities in Europe. The city of Heidelberg has a population of approximately 160,000, of which about a quarter are students.
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