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A sniper opened fire at a crowded lecture at Heidelberg University in southwestern Germany on Monday and injured four people, including one fatally, before killing himself, police said .
The 18-year-old suspected shooter was a university biology student, said Siegfried Kollmar, the regional police chief.
The suspect, a German citizen with no known criminal record, sent a phone message to his father shortly before the shooting that “people will be punished,” Kollmar told reporters.
The precise motive for the attack is still under investigation, but the suspect was known to have suffered from a psychological illness in the past, he added. His body was found outside by officers along with two firearms he had recently acquired overseas and about 100 cartridges, Kollmar said.
Police identified the woman who was killed as a 23-year-old German. Those who suffered minor injuries were two German women and a German-Italian man.
The shooting sparked a massive police response, with more than 400 officers dispatched to the scene.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz expressed his dismay at the shooting and offered his condolences to relatives, victims and students.
“A female student has been reported to have died from her injuries,” he said. “It breaks my heart to hear such news.”
Heidelberg is located south of Frankfurt and has around 160,000 inhabitants. Its university is one of the best known in Germany.
-The Associated Press